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red tag

a tag or other marker colored red and used to categorize something for a special purpose:
Items with a red tag are on sale today.


[red-tag] /ˈrɛdˈtæg/
verb (used with object), red-tagged, red-tagging.
to attach a red tag to, as merchandise for special sale.
to identify for a specific purpose; earmark:
The inspector red-tagged the restaurant for health violations.
pertaining to or composed of something that has been red-tagged:
the store's annual red-tag sale. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rafael clapped his hands with the rest when Miss Florence pinned the fish in the river and the red tag on Francie's blouse.

  • It was with relief that he watched them fill out the red tag which gave him a priority on jet transports for home.

    Hunter Patrol Henry Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • In my box I found a small Coch-y-bondhu, which had a red tag and a peacock herl body.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • I tried him then with an olive quill, a Wickham, and a red tag; but he would have none of them.

    Old Flies in New Dresses Charles Edward Walker
  • And tomorrow I'll just put the red tag back on over the yellow one and go through Shielding in the same line with you.

Slang definitions & phrases for red tag



To label a house officially as damaged and uninhabitable: Because of the Northridge earthquake, a Pacoima house I rented out was red-tagged (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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