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cry the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man crying the blues at the bar last night; it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will cry the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, cry

have the blues

To be or feel generally sad or melancholy. I don't know what it is, but I find I always have the blues on Sundays.
See also: blues, have

baby blues

1. A usually brief period of sadness, anxiety, and mood swings experienced by a large percentage of women after giving birth. When I had the baby blues after having my first child, I would find myself crying without knowing why.
2. Blue eyes, especially those that are light blue. I just had to ask for Sean's number after I got a glimpse of his baby blues—I'd never seen such striking eyes before!
See also: baby, blues

sing the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man singing the blues at the bar last night—it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will sing the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, sing

blues and twos

An emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance or police car, that has blue flashing lights and a siren that sounds two notes. Primarily heard in UK. Pull the car over and let the blues and twos pass.
See also: and, blues, two

*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.

have the blues

Also, feel blue. Feel depressed or sad, as in After seeing the old house in such bad shape, I had the blues for weeks, or Patricia tends to feel blue around the holidays. The noun blues, meaning "low spirits," was first recorded in 1741 and may come from blue devil, a 17th-century term for a baleful demon, or from the adjective blue meaning "sad," a usage first recorded in Chaucer's Complaint of Mars (c. 1385). The idiom may have been reinforced by the notion that anxiety produces a livid skin color. Also see blue funk.
See also: blues, have

blues and twos

the siren and blue flashing lights of an emergency-service vehicle. British informal
The twos refers to the vehicles' two-tone siren.
2003 Bolton Evening News They will go out with local officers and really learn the craft of being a beat bobby rather than just going out in blues and twos.
See also: and, blues, two
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Results, published 5 years ago, showed that the biological clock is most responsive to a narrow band of wavelengths from 466 to 477 nanometers (nm), which are close to the blue of a clear sky.
The receptors called blue cones have a maximum sensitivity of about 430 nm.
He was psyched to take in a performance by guitarist Pee Wee Crayton, a West Coast blues titan.
Each essay presents a personal reflection or interaction of the writer's life and the blues.
Native Son, in other words, was a filial indictment; Father of the Blues, dictated by Handy on the eve of world war and ending with the words "God Bless America" (a nod to Irving Berlin's 1939 anthem) was a paternal benediction, a Washingtonian refusal of "bitterness" in the service of uplift and national unity, the anti-Native Son.
Jazz drummer Warren "Baby" Dodds, with whom Merce Cunningham created Fast Blues (1946), a dance dialogue between soloist and musician, recalled hearing the blues in New Orleans in die 1890s.
Musically speaking, the relationship between blues and gospel has been very close--in chord progressions, pentatonic scales, rhythmic structures, and so forth--but the two genres have been consistently characterized as representative of the sacred and the profane dimensions of African-American culture.
The sagging Fubu jeans, the turntables and other stamps of hip-hop marked him in the eyes of the often white gatekeepers at music companies and among festival promoters as a Judas, as faithless to the romantic blues ideal as Dylan was to folk music when he plugged in.
My contention is that Black Aesthetic poetic theories are best exemplified in the poetry of Jayne Cortez, whose work demonstrates the full potentiality of what I call a blues poetics; that is, the most profound manifestation of the tradition of African American Resistance poetry.
The available money comes from the net proceeds of the "Year of the Blues" kick-off concert, held at Radio City Music Hall in February, 2003, and from CD/DVD royalties of the critically acclaimed 2004 blues documentary, "Lightning in a Bottle", directed by Antoine Fuqua and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
But lawmakers were saluting blues music, that uniquely American 12-bar, three-chord art form that predated jazz and then had a baby called rock 'n' roll.
Write Me A Few Of Your Lines is probably not for the casual blues fan, as there is little here of a celebratory nature.
The catharsis and the transmission of cultural knowledge and values that have always been central to the blues form the thematic and rhetorical underpinnings of The Bluest Eye.
According to a poll released this week by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, 67 percent of the country, and 57 percent of South Carolina consumers, said they do not track and compare prescription medicine costs.
I'd like to thank the members of our community for helping us develop the Linux version, and to invite all Linux users to actively fight spam with the best solution for safeguarding their personal and business e-mail accounts," said Eran Reshef, founder and CEO of Blue Security.