Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Red Rag (The).

 Red Men.Red Republicans. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Rag (The).
The tongue. In French, Le chiffon rouge; and balancer le chiffon rouge means to prate.   1
“Discovering in his mouth a tongue,
He must not his palaver balk;
So keeps it running all day long,
And fancles his red rag can talk.”
Peter Pindar: Lord B. and his Motions.

 Red Men.Red Republicans. 


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