blue devils

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blue devils a state of depression "he had a bad case of the blues"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blue devils apparitions supposed to be seen by persons suffering with delirium tremens; hence, very low spirits.
    • Blue devils See under Blue.
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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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Usage

In literature:

I said, didn't I, Western Lumber's itching to get its devil-fish legs wropped aroun' Blue Lake timber?
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
One of the negro superstitions was that when the fire burned with a blue flame, it was the devil seeking to speak to them.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
He gives you the blue devils, that is all I know.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Gifford spoke of this, saying that it was a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Be it observed, then, that the sole certain way of getting rid of the blue devils, is to drown them in a shower-bath.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
The name of the first was Dr. Blue-Devil; and of the other Dr. Blue-Pill.
"The Infernal Marriage" by Benjamin Disraeli
But in the dumps, blue devils, and so on.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Floating in this blue aether, what the devil is my wife to me, and her dirty Earth!
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli
Hurrying back to the Nor'wester's fort on Peace River, he was beset by the blue devils of despondency.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Dey made tea out o' devil's shoestring, and yerbs out de woods, and blue mass pills.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Lucky devil; but blue death, what changes!
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
The blues detach themselves too much, perhaps, from the rest of the coloring; and that is all a devil's advocate could say.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Self-mastery was his first law, the code by which he lived; and mostly the blue devils had lifted their curse from him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The devil's broth concocted by Uncle Ike, according to my receipt, was warm starch, made blue with indigo.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
There is the same unrest, the same feverish quest for gold, and the same extravagance of life as in the devil's garden on the blue Mediterranean.
"From Paris to New York by Land" by Harry de Windt
The blue devil is a sulphur-constitutioned individual.
"Devil Stories" by Various
Every Blue Devil of my acquaintance came to pay his visit to me, and brought a few more of his private friends.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Why are the "blue devils" like muffins?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
It is for Monsieur Satan they shout, for the devil of a Blue Devil.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
I have gout and blue devils on me, but you can always do more for me than colchicum if you say 'all right.
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever
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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:

The Blue Devils dropped to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the SUNYAC.
Cutcliffe says Duke's 42-24 loss to Georgia Tech doesn't end Blue Devils ' 'significant season'.
Citing a history of criminal activity linked to a former Blue Devils bingo parlor, the Planning Commission on Tuesday denied a use permit for a new parlor for the nonprofit youth drill team.
Brown Bears at Central Connecticut State Blue Devils .
But the Blue Devils will deal.
Paxon's D smothers Blue Devils .
The former West Point cadet, player and coach had the Blue Devils at Fort Bragg on Monday for a day of physical training and an open practice in front of a few hundred soldiers.
School officials said Thursday that the Blue Devils will train and practice there on Oct 15.
Red-hot Blue Devils set to face Kossuth.
Conard comes through for Blue Devils.
DHS running back Winfred Roberson fights through a tackle during the Blue Devils' 40-0 win over Woodland on Sept 21.
Several Blue Devils make MAC 3A Team.
Blue Devils sweep Bruce to end season.
Tyler Williams had one goal and one assist for the Blue Devils, who trailed by deficits of 1-0 and 2-1.
DHS goalie Andres Olmedo makes a diving stop on a key penalty kick during the Blue Devils' 6-0 victory over Napa on Tuesday in the first round of the section playoffs.
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