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clear blue water

A separation between rivals or opponents. Primarily heard in UK. There's no clear blue water between the candidates now—the race is as tight as can be.
See also: blue, clear, water

clear blue water

an obvious and decisive gap between you and your rivals. British
The expression originated in the 1990s as a political slogan characterizing the ideological gap between the British Conservative party (whose traditional colour is blue) and its political opponents, which right-of-centre Conservatives wished to be as wide as possible.
See also: blue, clear, water
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His vision leaves a great deal of clear, blue water between Labour and the Conservatives.
Enjoying a water slide at Holiday Village Rhodes, in Kolymbia History abounds in Rhodes with many sights such as this ruined medieval fortress The clear, blue water of the bay at Lindos
Because the weather is mild throughout the year, you can swim in any of its clear, blue water bodies, without worrying about catching a cold.
As they tread water, scouring the horizon for the boat, a shark fin glides out of the clear, blue water.
As they tread water trying to formulate a plan, scouring the horizon for the boat, a shark fin glides out of the clear, blue water...
Smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) south of Hawaii, scientist Jeremy Jackson dives beneath the clear, blue water. Rainbow-colored corals--tiny sea animals--sway below.
He is steering his party's ship out of the clear, blue waters of Thatcherism onto a course very close to New Labour's but with, he says, a distinct difference.