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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. 2017.
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  • The smoke was hanging low, and they had made two hundred yards before the blue line saw them through the haze.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • There should not be a blue line of raw meat in the middle—that is quite wrong.

  • He stood quite still, gazing at the blue line of the Swedish coast that stood out far away upon the shining water.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • They were up to that blue line, firing at deadly point-blank range.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • The last day came, the last afternoon; the smoke of the coming steamer could be seen beyond the blue line of the point.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Through it all and through the storm of bullets the blue line burst.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He looked quickly in the direction whence it came, and observed a blue line on the horizon.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • Parkinson failed to gain at the blue line and made a forward which grounded.

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The brave and skillful Tyler reluctantly gave the order to retreat, and when Harry saw the blue line go back he shouted with joy.

    The Scouts of Stonewall Joseph A. Altsheler
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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