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*red as a cherry

 and *red as a poppy; *red as a rose; *red as a ruby; *red as blood
bright red. (*Also: as ~.) When she came in from ice-skating, Clara's nose was as red as a cherry. When her boss praised her in front of the whole office, Emily turned red as a poppy. I would like to make a dress out of that beautiful velvet that is red as a rose. Jane painted her fingernails with polish as red as a ruby. I want to have my car painted red as blood.
See also: cherry, red

a tall poppy

a privileged or distinguished person.
The Roman tyrant Tarquin was reputed to have struck off the heads of poppies as a gruesomely graphic demonstration of the way in which the important men of a captured city should be treated. In recent years, the term tall poppy syndrome has also developed, referring to a tendency to discredit or disparage people who have become rich, famous, or socially prominent.
1991 Lynn Barber Mostly Men Journalists on the whole tend to be egalitarian-minded and contemptous of tall poppies, but I prefer the prima donnas.
See also: poppy, tall
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You can visit the installation until November 21, and donations will go to Blind Veterans UK and The Royal British Legion poppy appeal.
As an ex-serviceman, I can't see a time when I won't wear a poppy to show my respect on Remembrance Sunday.
First they set on Jeremy Corbyn ,who has worn a white "peace" poppy in the past, ranting that he was "disrespecting the dead".
The Royal British Legion's Cardiff Poppy Day aimed to raise PS20,000 for the charity by encouraging people to donate to the cause, which provides thousands of veterans, service men and women and their families with vital advice and support.
This year's poppy shop opened yesterday at the Central Library in Smithford Way.
Hundreds of celebrities are set to take to social media to share why they wear a poppy in an effort to inspire the public to do the same.
We would like to thank everyone who has purchased a locally made poppy and helped us raise so much money for the RBL.
Each child made the symbol of a poppy which they turned into a head dress and together they formed a field of poppies in the hall.
The Crookham branch of the Royal British Legion is taking part in the Poppy Run, a national series of 5km runs taking place at the end of October and beginning of November to raise funds and awareness for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2014.
During the First World War, the battlefields across Europe created ideal conditions for the poppy to flourish.
DURING the First World War, the blasted and bombed battlefields across Europe created ideal conditions for the poppy to flourish.
BAJAUR AGENCY -- The local administration with the help of tribal elders destroyed standing poppy crops on an area of 1300 Kanals in the remote area of Barang tehsil on Sunday.
MAUREEN Messent's article on Friday complaining that the Royal British Legion acts as a strong-armed 'poppy police' during the Poppy Appeal is both untrue and unfair.
As the Royal British Legion launched its Poppy Appeal for this year we asked children from Joseph Swan Academy why they wear a poppy Faith White, 12, said: "I wear a poppy because I think it's good to remember what happened during the wars and the soldiers that fought for us, and still do.
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