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blue

1. adjective Sad or depressed. I'm sorry, I'm just feeling a bit blue after getting back my exam results. Most people love the holidays, but they always make me blue.
2. adjective Obscene, vulgar, or risqué; dirty. My grandmother is the sweetest old lady you'll ever meet, but she sure loves telling blue jokes! I remember the video store down the street had a section of blue movies for adults that they would keep behind a black curtain.
3. adjective Of meat, especially steak, completely uncooked in the center; extra rare. A: "And how would you like your filet mignon, sir?" B: "Blue, please."
4. adjective Of or referring to a political party whose representative color is blue. Analysts are predicting a blue wave in the congressional elections this year. It looks as though the seats of Westminster will be mostly blue after the Tories' dominance in the recent general election.
5. noun, slang A police officer. Primarily heard in US. I never thought Jack would be a blue when he grew up, after all the trouble he used to get into as a kid.
6. noun, slang A 10 mg tablet of diazepam (more commonly known as Valium), which is blue in color. Usually used plurally. Primarily heard in US. I had to take a blue to calm me down before the big presentation. Apparently, he died of an overdose of blues.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*blues

 
1. sadness; a mood of depression. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) You'll have to excuse Bill. He's getting the blues thinking about Jane. I get the blues every time I hear that song.
2. a traditional style of popular music characterized by lyrics expressing hardship, lost love, etc. Buddy had been singing the blues ever since the Depression.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

blue

1. mod. depressed; melancholy. That music always makes me blue.
2. mod. obscene; vulgar; dirty. Those blue jokes don’t go over very well around here.
3. n. the sky; the heavens. The idea came to me right out of the blue.
4. mod. alcohol intoxicated. You might say I’m blue. Others might note that I am stoned.
5. n. an amphetamine tablet or capsule, especially a blue one. (Drugs.) How are blues different from reds and yellows?
6. n. a police officer; the police. The blues will be here in a minute.
7. n. a 10-mg tablet of Valium. (Drugs.) In treatment they kept giving me blues to calm me down. Now I can’t live without them.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The pregnant Pecola ultimately loses her baby, by which time she has crossed the line into madness, fixating on a mirror that displays what she believes to be her magically altered "truly bluely eyes."
see her hovering feet, More bluely veined, more soft, more whitely sweet Than those of sea-born Venus (1.624-26)
Blowing a succession of smoke rings that wobble bluely above my head...& yet, & yet, whether I am the dreamer or the dreamed I am in a strange way homelessly at home, even on these foreign shores.
We see bluely or redly, as it were, but there is no awareness in our simple seeing of the red that the red we see is there.
For example, we could employ Chisholm's adverbial theory of perception, which takes appearances to be modes of the perceiver rather than mental objects.(7) On Chisholm's view to have a blue sensation is to be appeared to bluely, thus avoiding ontological commitment to intermediate objects of any kind between the knower and the thing known.
On the other hand, a property like that of being such that the subject senses bluely is a property which experiences may have but is not even a candidate for being a property which physical objects may have or appear to have.