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the thin blue line

Definition of the thin blue line in English:

informal Used to refer to the police, typically in the context of maintaining order during unrest: the thin blue line holds the frontier between chaos and civilian life, between crime and the American dream
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  • Look at the tough new border controls and the co-ordination of European police forces manning the thin blue line against the horde.
  • His self-assurance, generated by his exalted status within the department, is complete; it's what guides him during his regular sorties across the thin blue line, from order into chaos and back again.
  • People living in rural areas need to take precautions and taking care also helps the police - the thin blue line in the countryside.
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