See red

Definition

The idiom ‘see red’ is used to describe an extreme state of anger or rage.

Examples

If my brother keeps teasing me, I’m going to see red.

When I saw what she did I saw red with rage.

Origin

The origin of this idiom is unclear, but some believe it dates back to the early 20th century when boxing matches had red and blue corners and fighters in the red corner were seen to be more aggressive.

FAQs

Is ‘see red’ a common idiom?

Yes, ‘see red’ is a very common idiom.

What does ‘see red’ mean?

The idiom ‘see red’ is used to describe an extreme state of anger or rage.