reds under the bed

reds under the bed

The belief or mentality that agents of communism are hiding amongst the greater populace, waiting for an opportunity to spread their agenda. An allusion to the paranoia that gripped America and other countries during the Cold War. Sometimes hyphenated if used before a noun. Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union so many years ago, there is still a mentality in the country that there are reds under the bed, so espousing a belief in anything resembling socialism is likely to make you a political pariah. The senator's reds-under-the-bed rhetoric is woefully outdated today.
See also: bed, red

reds under the bed

used during the cold war with reference to the feared presence and influence of Communist sympathizers in a society.
See also: bed, red
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Reds under the bed scare tactics IT is something of a political tradition in this country that whenever the ruling class and its political agents, the Tory Party, fear rising support for Socialism in the populace, they resort to "Reds Under the Bed" scaremongering and smears.
laSt in SERIES Foyle's War sunday, itv, 9pm They're not fighting WWII any more, just the threat of nuclear war, rationing and Reds under the bed.
I have never been a huge fan of Clinton - she retains too much of the American hysteria over reds under the bed, but I admire her for saying sod it to the US pundits.
There were definitely no Communists or reds under the bed.
Are we to return to the Reds Under the Bed of the 1960s and 1970s where unions nearly brought this country to its knees?
As The Invasion (2007), the fourth film version of Jack Finney's 1955 book, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, once again makes clear, the spore as an invader vehicle from inside/outside was an image of the cold war, when red scares taught America to fear its own fifth columnists--the reds under the bed.
ONCE upon a time when we didn't know any better, the two western super powers America and Britain used to scare the s*** out of us by telling us to beware of the Reds under the bed.
It's so important that stable staff get this recognition; that they realise they are appreciated Lungo gives a ringing endorsement to the inaugural awards I love it when these old horses bounce back David Chapman, thrilled to send out ten-year-old Torrent for a 20-1 victory in a Southwell sprintIn my opinion, this is an industry that's seeing reds under the bed everywhere these days Trainer James Eustace, furious that the security department is investigating his Leicester winner's previous race at Warwick I'll never forget going home in the car with father.
Maybe Cllr Taylor really believes the Reds under the bed nonsense being spun by members of the Conservative party opposed to our membership of the European union, I don't know.
RICHARD Guest does not have Reds under the bed - but he has three of them in his stable and they could all make the line-up for Saturday's Martell Cognac Grand National at Aintree.
Raising finance rather than reds under the bed is the main problem for producers, especially since the melt-down of several East Asian capital markets.
It wasn't so long ago, during the era of cold wars and star wars and propaganda wars, when the threat we feared most was Reds under the bed desperate to chain us to the yoke and set the secret police on us.
When you're in the mire you can see reds under the bed, spies in the closet, snitches telling the opposition your team, and hosts having a good snigger at your predicament.
In my opinion, this is an industry thatOs seeing reds under the bed everywhere these days.
In the 1950s, the McCarthy witch-hunt against communists had everyone in America convinced that there were reds under the bed.