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blue jeans

noun, (used with a plural verb)
close-fitting trousers made of blue denim or denimlike fabric, having pockets and seams often reinforced with rivets, and worn originally as work pants but now also as casual attire by persons of all ages.
Compare jean (def 2), Levi's.
Origin of blue jeans
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "That's one way for 'em to get blue jeans," said the driver cryptically.

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  • blue jeans had pounced upon the query with sensations of deliverance.

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  • If that had been the case, blue jeans might have found it in his heart to be sorry for him.

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  • That's what blue jeans had heard and almost begun to disbelieve.

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  • And blue jeans could almost hear them exclaiming as they crowded to the panes.

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Word Origin and History for blue jeans

from 1843 as a type of fabric; see jean. As short for blue jeans trousers, from 1878.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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