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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 The senator's reds-under-the-bed rhetoric is woefully outdated today.
reds under the bed used during the cold war with reference to the feared presence and influence of Communist sympathizers in a society.
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Many years from now it'll surely seem ridiculous (or even more ridiculous than it does now), much like films from the 50s now amuse us with their Reds-under-the-bed
Football fans are now something akin to the Reds-under-the-bed
in Senator McCarthy's America.
But it would have been rejected by Senator Joe McCarthy, witchfinder- general in the Reds-under-the-bed
hysteria that swept Fifties America, as too ham- fisted and hysterical.