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blue around the gills

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blue around the gills

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green around the gills

green around the gills

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Sick-looking; pale and miserable; nauseated: He was looking green around the gills, so I told him to lie down

[1930s+; the date should probably be earlier; gills, ''face,'' is found by 1626]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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