• Blue denims for the trip home
    Blue denims for the trip home
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blueing a process that makes something blue (or bluish)
    • n blueing used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220 Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220
Lavender's Blue music Lavender's Blue music
Alfred's Redstone Blues Alfred's Redstone Blues
Father & Boy Blue Father & Boy Blue
Boy Blue & Horn Boy Blue & Horn

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
    • n blueing See bluing.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
  • Georgia White
    Georgia White
    “Oh, the blues ain't nothing but a good woman feeling bad.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”
  • Billy Gibbons
    Billy Gibbons
    “Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
    James Weldon Johnson
    “It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives it most distinctive characteristics.”


Be true blue - If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
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.
Black and blue - This means bruised, either physically or metaphorically.
Blue blood - Someone with blue blood is royalty.
Blue skies - A overly enthusiastic outlook or disposition. The sales team had blue skies projections for their deals, although not many of those deals were signed.
Blue-eyed boy - Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
Bolt from the blue - If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
Boys in blue - The boys in blue are the police.
Feeling blue - If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
Go blue - If you go blue, you are very cold indeed. ('Turn blue' is an alternative form.)
Hot as blue blazes - If something's as hot as blue blazes, it's extremely hot.
Once in a blue moon - If something happens once in a blue moon, it happens very rarely indeed.
Out of the blue - If something happens out of the blue, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly.
Ragged blue line - (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
Scream blue murder - If someone shouts very loudly in anger, or fear, they scream blue murder.


In literature:

Standing on his right shoulder was a blue rat and standing on his left shoulder was a blue rat.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
Never was blue so wonderful as the blue of these waters; never were waters so deep as its two thousand feet.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
And where he had hovered at the first were now a dozen specks of black upon the hot, bright blue.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Close behind him followed a slender girl in blue.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
He's blue, blue, blue as a blue glass marble!...
"The Blue Bird for Children" by Georgette Leblanc
Blue topaz is usually of a pale sky blue or greenish blue and is likely to be confused with beryl of similar color.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Blue can also be treated with yellow or a fresher blue.
"How to make rugs" by Candace Wheeler
I'd like a blue dress.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Jinnie's blue, blue eyes were seeking approbation from the gaunt, frowning woman.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
He wore a yellow silk tunic trimmed with blue, and a short sky-blue cape.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

So let us sing
a Langston Blues
sing a lost
Langston blues
long gone song
for Langston Hughes
"Langston Blues" by Dudley Randall
The low clouds have riven
A little rift through.
The hill climbs to heaven,
Far away and blue.
"Chillingham" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Blue and pink sashes,
Criss-cross shoes,
Minna and Stella run out into the garden
To play at hoop.
"A Roxbury Garden" by Amy Lowell
Why is it always this way
with me?
Listen, you dog, you.
Tell me, you pale-blue, unhappy dog, you.
"Sad Moonlit Night" by Sakutaro Hagiwara
On the blue and icy ocean,
As a stony floor,
Toward thy boat, oh, dying Viking,
Walks she evermore!
"The Deserted Fylgia" by Alice Cary
But up there you,
I' the bow o' the blue,
Haud skirlin on as gien a' war new!
Toom-heidit laverock!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald

In news:

This reissue combines two albums recorded in 1984 by Cincinnati's Blue Wisp Band, a swinging outfit propelled by the drums of John Von Ohlen and featuring, among others, trumpeter Tim Hagens (now known for his albums on Blue Note).
OXFORD TOWN – Blazing New Orleans blues hits Oxford this weekend via Rooster's Blues House as it welcomes the Joe Krown Trio on Friday and Saturday, Sept 17 and 18.
Ian Thomas performing "Blue Yodle #15" at WDVX's Blue Plate Special.
Ron and Nancy Blue of Danville announce the engagement of their son, Tyler Jeremy Blue, to Victoria Yue of Arlington, Va. She is the daughter of Jing-Zoon and Hsu Hwa Yue of South Riding, Va.
Zydeco 's danceable break from the blues: Waterfront Blues Festival.
Blue Jays President Paul Beeston couldn't believe it when he learned the Blue Jays had the chance to land three star players from the Miami Marlins last week.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia expands Medicare Advantage coverage.
NAPLES — Collier County residents insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield could play a role in health-care reform, and may save money, as a result of a new contract with the NCH Healthcare System.
Just hours before their contract was scheduled to expire, Sparrow Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield reached an agreement that will continue coverage for 67,000 mid-Michigan people.
B' by the way stands for Blues Boy, which was shortened from Beal Street Blues Boy.
In the wake of the presidential election, many people are expressing their blues by waving the "Red, White, and Blue".
Another Firm Appealing Augusta's Awarding Of Insurance Contract To Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Georgia.
Blue Earth " Babe " Lilian J Toppin, age 86, of Blue Earth, died Friday, Oct 19, 2012, at St Luke's Lutheran Care Center.
Edsel Blevins, 74, plays banjo for guests at the Blue Heron Mining Community rail depot earlier this month at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Blue Heron, Ky.
DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, accusing the Detroit-based health insurer of illegally denying access to some programs.

In science:

The existence of two short paths, each joining a blue edge to a red edge, is significant, even though they are two different blue edges and two different red edges in distant parts of the graph.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random regular graphs
We shall often refer to edges of H1 as red, to edges of H2 as blue and to disjoint covers as a function σ : [n] → {red, blue} such that for every edge, e ∈ H1 ∪ H2 , there exists v ∈ e such that σ(v) is of the same colour as the e (note that there are many possible functions).
Colouring complete bipartite graphs from random lists
Similarly, for a blue (red) edge e, denote by D(e) the set of all balanced partitions which colour some vertex of e with blue (red).
Colouring complete bipartite graphs from random lists
For a blue edge, e, and a partition, σ , define W (σ, e) to be the number of blue vertices in e minus the number of red vertices in e, with respect to σ .
Colouring complete bipartite graphs from random lists
For a blue (red) edge, e and a vertex v ∈ e, define W (σ, e, v) to be 1 if v is coloured blue (red) by σ and −1 otherwise.
Colouring complete bipartite graphs from random lists