blue devil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blue devil the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
    • n blue devil a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blue devil an evil demon:
    • Blue devil (pl.) deep despondency, the apparitions seen in delirium tremens
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Idioms

Between the devil and the deep blue sea - If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. blew—O. Fr. bleu, of Teut. origin; as also Scand. blá, which gave M. E. bla, blo, and modern blae.

Usage

In literature:

They've seen the French Blue Devils at close range, gawped at the Belgians, and chummed with the Anzacs.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
That hopeful blue devil!
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Devils, he said, from the Great Blue Star, come here with evil for us all.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
The second mate tried, and he got a devil of a bite, and came up from the fore-peak without the cat, looking very blue indeed.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
They have blue eyes like you, and they are devils.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
You're going to see hell's mouth, and the devil wearing blue!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Drink till the blue devils fly away.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The blue devils are chasing me today and I am wearing the expression that sits on the lips of every portrait in every exhibition.
"Letters of a Dakota Divorcee" by Jane Burr
Nancy had the reckless, dare-devil courage those blue eyes bespoke.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
Your presence is a sufficing tonic for a most oppressive attack of the blue devils.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
We continued our journey in the morning high above the magnificent blue sheet of the Devil's Lake with its pretty islands.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
I shall get the blue devils in this cursed place.
"She Would Be a Soldier" by Mordecai Manuel Noah
I'm worried about leaving you alone with all these blue devils.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
And why the devil should you suppose I had seen Blue Beard?
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Fouchette was ordinarily an infallible remedy for blue-devils; but to Jean Marot Mlle.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The blue devils take flight at once if they see you mean to bury them and make compost of them.
"The Galaxy" by Various
She got so she recognized Sherm's blue devils as far off as she could see him.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
There is no prophet but the melancholy Jacques, and the blue devils dance on all our literary wires.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In fact, till I opened the main road to Mahon the blue devils were in full possession, and made the most of their time.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Long, long years ago, the devil came to buy the blue-jay's soul, for which he first offered a beautiful golden ear of corn.
"The Upward Path" by Various
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In poetry:

Well, no doubt you had your troubles,
Devils blue that fought your hopes;
But you have it back in double,
Woman's kingdom in a lope.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"What's the Devil's Harvest to-day?" he cried;
"A wanton with eyes of blue!
I've known too many a such," he sighed;
"Maybe I know this . . . mon Dieu!"
"The Blind And The Dead" by Robert W Service

In news:

Ruleville Central no match for Blue Devils second round matchup.
The Cardinals defeated the Blue Devils, 79-50.
The Blue Devils were the last team to jump from the fourth spot to No.
The Davis Junior Blue Devil Pee Wee cheerleading squad celebrates their first-place finish at the Sacramento Youth League competition on Saturday in Elk Grove.
On Wednesday, Drexel had the only goal in the Blue Devils' 1-0 win over Chico .
On Tuesday, Yang came back to win a three-set match to help the Blue Devils beat Oak Ridge, 6-3, to reach the section finals.
Blue Devils run well at Clovis Invitational.
Boys' soccer: Saints, Blue Devils contend again.
NCAA Women's Basketball Conversation : Final statistics from the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils vs New Hampshire Wildcats game played on December 09, 2012.
WATER VALLEY — A cold night didn't stop Water Valley from starting hot, as the Blue Devils defeated Mantachie 56-3 Friday night at Bobby Clark Field to close out the regular season.
The Blue Devils open Delta Valley Conference play on Friday at Monterey Trail.
There were no gimmicks or frills in the Duke Blue Devils' version of midnight madness, Countdown to Craziness .
NCAA final a long way off, but Hoosiers, Blue Devils start strong.
The Blue Devils closed the door on a stellar regular season last week by finishing unbeaten at 13-0-2.
Blue Devils crush previously undefeated Temple.
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