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blue devils

plural noun
low spirits; depression.
Origin of blue devils
First recorded in 1780-90

blue heaven

noun, Slang.
a blue capsule or tablet containing the barbiturate amobarbital or its derivative.
Also called blue angel, blue devil. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for blue devil
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  • Patches was loping along between blue devil and Gerrish's big sorrel.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • Gerrish, mounted on the big sorrel, held blue devil by the bridle.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • That fellow, the blue devil,—one leg—cane—but back and forth from his bath quick like anybody.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • He laughed at her indignant eyes, touched blue devil with his heel and loped off.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • 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 Charles James Lever
  • It was Courtlandt on his favorite mount, blue devil, a horse all spirit, shining blue-black satin.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • Twelve miles he gave her, but the blue devil rode equally well and sat down again with Charter in his study.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for blue devil

blue devils

plural noun
a fit of depression or melancholy
an attack of delirium tremens
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Contemporary definitions for blue devil
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blue devil in Medicine

blue devil n.

  1. A blue capsule or tablet containing barbiturate amobarbital or its sodium derivative.

  2. A feeling of depression; despondency.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue devil

blue devils


  1. Low spirits; depression: blue devils after giving birth
  2. Delirium tremens

blue heaven

n phr,n

A capsule of Amytal2, a type of barbiturate

[1950s+ Narcotics; perhaps fr a 1920s popular song ''My Blue Heaven'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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