A man whose hand was bloody, and was therefore presumed to be
the person guilty of killing the deer shot or otherwise slain. (Cf.
RED HAND.) Also the badge of a baronet.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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