MEANING: noun: A symbol used to incite people to partisan outrage or animosity.

ETYMOLOGY: The term is typically used as “to wave the bloody shirt” and alludes to the literal or metaphorical symbol of a supposed injury that needs to be avenged. Earliest documented use: 1586.

NOTES: In modern times, masks are apparently the new bloody shirt.

BLOODY SHIFT - night work at the slaughterhouse, when the dirty deed is done

"BLOODY" HIRT - the trumpet player's brother (the sax player) who likes to spout pirate lingo

BROODY SHIRT - the outfit worn by Edward Lear's Old Man with a Beard