Of this anomaly there are plenty of instances even to-day—the blue laws of Massachusetts, for example.
The villages of New England—the foci of blue laws and Puritanism.
The blue laws of Connecticut are proverbial for their intermeddling with private life.
And as for the fuchsia, how far it has grown from the blue laws.
The blue laws of Connecticut are little else than primary-group attitudes written into law.
Philadelphia, blue laws, and no movies on Sundays far off to my right.
Fortune smiled upon these criminals against the blue laws, until they encountered a wall surmounted by hickory rails.
These agents should be licensed by the State as the “blue laws” require the licensing of stock salesmen.
One hears much about the 'hideous blue laws of Connecticut,' and is accustomed to shudder piously when they are mentioned.
We sometime smile over the old joke that the blue laws allowed nothing more cheerful than a walk to the cemetery on Sunday.
1781, severe Puritanical code said to have been enacted 18c. in New Haven, Connecticut; of uncertain origin, perhaps from one of the ground senses behind blues, or from notion of coldness. Or perhaps connected to bluestocking in the sense of "puritanically plain or mean" (see bluestocking, which is a different application of the same term; the parliament of 1653 was derisively called the bluestocking parliament). The common explanation that they were written on blue paper is not considered valid; pale blue paper was used for many old U.S. legal documents and there would have been nothing notable about its use in this case.
Laws that prohibit certain businesses from opening on Sunday or from selling certain items on that day. Blue laws often apply to bars and to alcohol sales. Originally enacted to allow observation of Sunday as a Sabbath, blue laws have come under attack as violating the separation of church and state. The courts, however, have upheld most blue laws, on the basis that their observance has become secular and promotes Sunday as a day of rest and relaxation.