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Special Expressions with Colors (#2), by Dennis Oliver

 

#2: blue

 

Besides referring to certain shades or hues that everyone
knows, colors are also used in many idiomatic expressions.

Here are a few common expressions using the color blue:

expression   meaning
blue (adjective)   depressed
     
blue-blood (noun)   someone from a noble
or aristocratic family
     
blue book  

(1) an official report;

(2) a small paper booklet
used for examinations

     
blue-chip stock   stock with high value
based on stability and
past sales
     
blue-collar worker   factory worker
     
blue law   law which forbids doing
certain activities on Sunday
     
blue nose   a person with puritanical
religious or moral views
     
blue-pencil (verb)   edit or censor using
a pencil which makes
blue-colored writing
     
blue print   a kind of photographic
printing, usually of plans
for a building; it has
white lines printed on
blue paper
     
blue-ribbon
(adjective)
  highest quality (because
blue ribbons are awarded
to winners of first-place prizes)
     
do something
until
you're
blue in the face
  do something until you no
longer have energy to do it
(and with no positive results)
     
men in blue   policemen
     
once in a
blue moon
  very seldom; very rarely
     
out of the blue   describes something that
happens suddenly and
also unexpectedly
     
true blue   very loyal

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