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clear blue water

noun

the ideological distance between two political parties

Word Origin

first used early 1990s about British Conservative Party and its opponents

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  • He looked approvingly at the clear blue water of the little lake.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • clear blue water was ahead, for which all on board were thankful.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
  • At the foot of the meadows lay a large lake of clear blue water.

    Undine Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • Now and then we came to patches of clear blue water, and these danced in the moon's rays like giant turquoises.

  • No glittering white sand, or clear blue water with its dazzling surf to be seen.

  • Hardly a ripple showed itself upon the clear blue water, but the sails blew gently out as the breeze came over the wooded banks.

  • The clear blue water was alive with Chinese coasting craft, small and large, of most picturesque appearance.

  • Below is the clear blue water, where even at low tide there is a depth of eighteen feet.

  • We passed presently another tarn of clear blue water, the Lago di Gornigo, hidden away among the hills.

    Italian Alps

    Douglas William Freshfield
  • A vast city of more than a quarter of a million souls rises straight from the primeval forest and clear blue water.

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