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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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Examples from the web for red tag
  • The red tag indicates there are known vulnerabilities for the device that might be exploitable.
  • Maybe a witty little red tag on the rump would help.
  • If a red tag is issued for any reason, a re-inspection will need to be scheduled.
  • The vehicle is ticketed with a red tag advising the owner that the vehicle must be proven operable or removed.
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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