Waving the bloody shirt - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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wave the bloody shirt
To encourage violence and animosity. The phrase was especially popular during the US Civil War. Primarily heard in US. A lot of people in our country are waving the bloody shirt right now, but I just can't support acts of violence, however justified they may be.
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The Republican Party presided over the Civil War and Reconstruction, during which it intimidated opponents by waving the bloody shirt
and taking the "patriotic" offensive.
s success in waving the bloody shirt
for two generations after the Civil War.
They wasted little time in waving the bloody shirt
of free speech, even calling for Markey's resignation during a noisy City Hall demonstration.