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true-blue

[troo-bloo] /ˈtruˈblu/
adjective
1.
unwaveringly loyal or faithful; staunch; unchangingly true.
Origin of true-blue
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75

true blue

noun
1.
a nonfading blue dye or pigment.
2.
a person who is true-blue.
3.
(in the 17th century) the color adopted by the Covenanters in contradistinction to the royal red.
Origin
First recorded in 1665-75
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  • He was not born on our soil, but he was a true-blue American for all that.

  • You're true-blue all through, without a streak of yellow in the whole of your composition.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • Rebel spy or true-blue loyalist, he is safe enough for the present.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • If there is to-day a true-blue, a frank and out-spoken Democratic newspaper in the city of Boston, we do not know its name.

  • All things considered, he resolved to face the bovine thunderbolt with unflinching front, like a true-blue British tar!

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Thence, after the Reformation, it passed into the hands of a true-blue Protestant family.

  • Her going means a return to work, and you hate to work if you are a convalescent of the true-blue sort.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for true-blue

true-blue

adjective
1.
unwaveringly or staunchly loyal, esp to a person, a cause, etc
noun
2.
(mainly Brit) a staunch royalist or Conservative
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Idioms and Phrases with true-blue

true blue

Loyal, faithful, as in You can count on her support; she's true blue. This expression alludes to the idea of blue being the color of constancy, but the exact allusion is disputed. One theory holds it alludes to the unchanging blue sky, another to the fastness of a blue dye that will not run. Blue has been the identifying color of various factions in history. In the mid-1600s the Scottish Covenanters, who pledged to uphold Presbyterianism, were called true blue (as opposed to red, the color of the royalists). In the 1800s the same term came to mean “staunchly Tory,” and in America, “politically sound.”
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