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blue1 British & World English

Of a colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day

blue2 British & World English

Squander or recklessly spend (money)

get away with murder British & World English

Succeed in doing whatever one chooses without being punished or suffering any disadvantage

baby blue British & World English

A pale shade of blue

blue baby British & World English

A baby with a blue complexion from lack of oxygen in the blood due to a congenital defect of the heart or major blood vessels

blue beat British & World English

another term for ska.

Blue Book British & World English

(In the UK) a report bound in a blue cover and issued by Parliament or the Privy Council

blue box British & World English

An electronic device used to access long-distance telephone lines illegally

blue-chip British & World English

Denoting companies or their shares considered to be a reliable investment, though less secure than gilt-edged stock

blue coat British & World English

A soldier in a blue uniform

blue corn British & World English

A variety of maize with bluish grains

blue crab British & World English

A large edible swimming crab of the Atlantic coast of North America

blue flag British & World English

A European award for beaches, based on cleanliness and safety

blue flu British & World English

A strike action, especially among police officers, in which workers are absent on the pretext of sickness

blue hare British & World English

another term for mountain hare.

blue ice British & World English

Ice of a vivid blue colour, formed when a large body of water freezes suddenly

blue jay British & World English

A common North American jay with a blue crest, back, wings, and tail

blue jet British & World English

A very faint short-lived cone of deep blue light sometimes observed in the upper atmosphere above an intense thunderstorm

Blue John British & World English

A blue or purple banded variety of fluorite found in Derbyshire

blue law British & World English

A law prohibiting certain activities, such as shopping, on a Sunday

blue line British & World English

Either of the two lines running across the ice between the centre line and the goal line

Blue Nile British & World English

One of the two principal headwaters of the Nile. Rising from Lake Tana in NW Ethiopia, it flows some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) southwards then north-westwards into Sudan, where it meets the White Nile at Khartoum

blue note British & World English

A minor interval where a major would be expected, used especially in jazz

blue roan British & World English

Denoting an animal having a coat that consists of evenly mixed black and white hairs, giving the coat a blue-grey colour

blue rock British & World English

(In pigeon-fancying) a pigeon showing the coloration of the wild rock dove

blue-sky British & World English

Creative or visionary and unconstrained by practicalities

blue tit British & World English

A small tit (songbird) with a blue cap, greenish-blue back, and yellow underparts, widespread in Eurasia and NW Africa

half-blue British & World English

A person who has represented Oxford or Cambridge University in a minor sport or as a second choice in any sport

Nile blue British & World English

A pale greenish blue

sky blue British & World English

A bright clear blue

true-blue British & World English

Staunchly loyal to the Conservative Party

ice blue British & World English

A very pale blue colour

blue on blue in blue1 British & World English

Denoting or relating to an attack made by one’s own side that accidentally harms one’s own forces

blue on blue British & World English

Denoting or relating to an attack made by one’s own side that accidentally harms one’s own forces

Adonis blue British & World English

A small Eurasian butterfly, the male of which has vivid sky-blue wings

Alcian blue British & World English

A water-soluble copper-containing blue dye used as a histological stain for glycosaminoglycans

blue-black British & World English

Black with a tinge of blue

blue bonnet British & World English

A pale grey-brown Australian parrot with a deep blue face and variously coloured wings, tail, and belly

blue cheese British & World English

Cheese containing veins of blue mould, such as Stilton and Danish Blue

blue-collar British & World English

Relating to manual work or workers, particularly in industry

blue crane British & World English

A large South African crane with blue-grey plumage, the national bird of South Africa

blue devil British & World English

A blue capsule containing a barbiturate

blue ensign British & World English

A blue flag with the Union Jack in the top corner next to the flagstaff, flown chiefly by British naval auxiliary vessels

blue flyer British & World English

A female red kangaroo

blue ground British & World English

another term for kimberlite.

blue heeler British & World English

A cattle dog with a dark speckled body

blue helmet British & World English

A member of a UN peacekeeping force

blue jeans British & World English

Jeans made of blue denim

blue metal British & World English

Broken blue stone used for road-making


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