Definition of reds under the bed in English:

reds under the bed


  • Used during the cold war with reference to the feared presence and influence of communist sympathizers.

    • ‘Harris though seems to be rooted in the political discourse of thirty years ago with his notion of reds under the bed controlling everything.’
    • ‘The People's Republic of China - the communists, the reds under the bed - probably has more toll roads as a percentage of its network than anywhere else.’