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blue screen of death

noun

a bright blue screen displayed by the Microsoft Windows operating system when it cannot recover from a system error; abbreviated BSOD

Examples

The blue screen of death almost always means the computer has frozen and requires rebooting.

Usage Note

computing

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blue screen of death

noun phrase

A fatal-error message thatoccursinWindows operatingsystems,abluescreen that interrupts the computer's normal boot-up, indicating a fatal error in the operating system (1991+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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