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- noun fiction, rare An
unimportantor expendable female character, especially one introduced only to be killed in order to underscorethe perilfaced by important characters.
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red + skirt. Patterned after redshirt, which derived from the tendency for male security officers, who wore red shirts, to die on episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Female crew members wore minidresses, but only one red-uniformed female character was killed during the series' run, in the episode "By Any Other Name."
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