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Red-letter Day

A lucky day; a day to be recalled with delight. In almanacks, saints' days and holidays are printed in red ink, other days in black.

“That day, ... writes the doctor, was truly a red-letter day to me.” —Wauters: Stanley's Emin Expedition, chap. vi. p. 111.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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