Meaning of better dead than red in English:

better dead than red


  • A Cold War slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war was preferable to that of a communist society.

    ‘This was particularly true during the McCarthy era of the 1950s when anti-Communist hysteria - ‘better dead than red ‘- reached great heights, especially in Catholic circles.’’
    • ‘Ever notice how that kind of rhymes with ‘better dead than red?’’
    • ‘Having quite happily countenanced that MAD idea myself - better dead than red - I feel bound in conscience at least to give today's extremists the benefit of the doubt.’