WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
red•shirt0  (redshûrt′),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Sporta high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.

v.t. 
  1. Sportto withdraw (an athlete) from varsity competition.
  • from the red shirts worn in practice by such athletes 1950–55, American.

red•shirt0  (redshûrt′),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Sporta high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.

v.t. 
  1. Sportto withdraw (an athlete) from varsity competition.
  • from the red shirts worn in practice by such athletes 1950–55, American.

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