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blue line

noun, Ice Hockey.
either of two lines of the color blue that are parallel to and equidistant from the goal lines and divide the rink into three zones of equal size.
Also called zone line.
Compare end zone (def 2), neutral zone.
Origin of blue line
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Through it all and through the storm of bullets the blue line burst.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • And they took the string away, and there was a blue line all along the row of shingles.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
  • There should not be a blue line of raw meat in the middle—that is quite wrong.

  • They were up to that blue line, firing at deadly point-blank range.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Parkinson failed to gain at the blue line and made a forward which grounded.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Her eyes had a frightened look, and there was a blue line about her mouth.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • When Dr Garrod saw him he discovered a blue line on the gums.

  • The blue line gave and Lane fell through, squirming, kicking.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • To the east, the glacier seemed to fuse with the blue line of the hinterland.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
blue line in Medicine

blue line n.
A bluish line along a border of the gums resulting from chronic lead poisoning.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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