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Topic: COLOURS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: blou

blue

1 adjective
     
blue1 S1 W2
1CC having the colour of the sky or the sea on a fine day [↪ navy, navy blue]:
the blue waters of the lake
dark/light/pale/bright blue
a dark blue raincoat
2 [not before noun] informal sad and without hope [= depressed]:
I've been feeling kind of blue.
3 informal blue jokes, stories etc are about sex, in a way that might offend some people blue movie
4

argue/talk etc till you're blue in the face

informal to argue, talk etc about something a lot, but without achieving what you want:
You can tell them till you're blue in the face, but they'll still do what they want.
5

blue with cold

especially British English someone who is blue with cold looks extremely cold
6

go blue

British English if someone goes blue, their skin becomes blue because they are cold or cannot breathe properly
7

talk a blue streak

American English informal to talk very quickly without stopping
blueness noun [uncountable]
black and blue

; ➔ once in a blue moon

at once1 (15)

; ➔ scream blue murder

at scream1 (1)
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