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put on the red light

slang To make it known that one engages in prostitution. Refers to the use of red lamps to show that an establishment is a brothel. A: "Tom's new girlfriend used to put on the red light—if you know what I mean." B: "Whoa! Does he know that?"
See also: light, on, put, red
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