blue
   1. American
   a policeman or prison warder
   From the normal colour of the uniform. Also as a bluebottle, bluebird, blue-belly, blue jeans, blue suit, or blue-and-white:
    Okay, [the elevator] was on the sixth floor when the first blues got to the Kipper townhouse. (Sanders, 1980)
    We blue suits liked the mouse. (King, 1996 — they were prison warders)
   In Britain a man in blue or a bluecoat is a policeman, working perhaps out of a blue lamp, a police station, named after the standard exterior lit sign.
   For the Nazis, the blue police were to enforce their rule in occupied territories:
    ... speak to the SS men, to the Ukrainian auxiliary, to the Blue Police and to the OD details. (Keneally, 1982, writing of Nazioccupied Poland; German control rested with the army and these four organizations in descending order of importance, the OD being Jews placed in authority over other Jews)
   2. erotic
   Probably from the French bibliothèque bleue, a collection of seamy works of literature, rather from the colour of the brimstone which awaits evil-doers:
    She starred in dozens of blue movies before coming above ground. (Deighton, 1972)

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  • Blue — (bl[=u]), a. [Compar. {Bluer} (bl[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Bluest}.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a], D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu, from OHG.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Blue — (englisch für blau) steht für: Blue (Familienname), Personen mit diesem Namen Blue (Band), britische Popgruppe Blue (Deutsche Band), ist eine deutsche Band Blue (Manga), japanische Mangaserie Blue (Da Ba Dee), ein Lied der italienischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • blue — [blo͞o] adj. [ME & OFr bleu < Frank * blao < IE base * bhlē wos, light colored, blue, blond, yellow > L flavus, yellow, Brythonic blawr, gray, OE blæwen, blue, Ger blau] 1. having the color of the clear sky or the deep sea 2. having a… …   English World dictionary

  • blue —   :    ♦ blue book, n. Parliamentary publication, bound in blue covers; American, book giving particulars of government servants or prominent persons; a. applied to dull, dry literary style.    ♦ blue nose, n. native of Nova Scotia; prudish or… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • blue — Ⅰ. blue [1] ► ADJECTIVE (bluer, bluest) 1) of a colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky on a sunny day. 2) informal melancholy or depressed. 3) informal (of a film, joke, or story) with sexual or pornographic content. 4) (of a …   English terms dictionary

  • Blue — (bl[=u]), n. 1. One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blue — Blue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bluing}.] To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blue — bluː n. color blue, color of the sky or sea v. paint blue; treat with bluing (substance used to whiten clothes); waste money, spend extravagantly (Slang) adj. having a blue color; sad, depressed (slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

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