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To fall into a state of extreme anger, excitement, or competitive arousal, such as might cloud one's judgement or senses. He's generally not a confrontational person, but you'd better get out of his way when he sees red! I see red when anyone disrespects my wife.
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see red

to be angry. Whenever I think of the needless destruction of trees, I see red. Bill really saw red when the tax bill arrived.
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see red

Become very angry, as in I saw red when I learned they had not invited Tom and his family. The precise allusion in this term is not known, but it probably refers to the longstanding association of the color red with passion and anger. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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COMMON If you see red, you suddenly become very angry because of something which has been said or done. I cannot stand humiliation of any kind. I just see red. Comments like that make me see red. Note: This is a reference to the traditional belief that the colour red makes bulls angry. In bullfighting, the matador waves a red cape to make the bull charge.
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see red

become very angry suddenly. informal
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see ˈred

(informal) suddenly become very angry: Cruelty to animals makes him see red.
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see red

tv. to be angry. When she hung up the phone, I saw red. I’ve never been so angry in my life.
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