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blue devil

Syllabification: blue dev·il

Definition of blue devil in English:

noun

informal
1A blue capsule containing a barbiturate.
Example sentences
  • I'd take a blue devil but I have to open tomorrow and I get really bad hangovers from benzos, so I'll just write tomorrow's blog today and catch a "nap" or whatever.
2 (blue devils) A feeling of despondency or low spirits.
Example sentences
  • Well, they are kindred spirits because they both have a case of the blue devils; both are drowning in their personal woes because love makes you do things you don’t want to do.
  • He seems to be suffering from a bad case of the blue devils, and he can be a bit prickly.
3 (blue devils) another term for delirium tremens.

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