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blue devils

plural noun
  1. low spirits; depression.
  2. delirium tremens.
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Origin of blue devils

First recorded in 1780–90

blue heaven

noun Slang.
  1. a blue capsule or tablet containing the barbiturate amobarbital or its derivative.
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Also called blue angel, blue devil.

blue devil

noun Slang.
  1. blue heaven.
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Historical Examples of blue-devil

  • I then told him all my mishaps in Sorombo, as well as of the "blue-devil" frights that had seized all my men.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

    John Hanning Speke


British Dictionary definitions for blue-devil

blue devils

pl n
  1. a fit of depression or melancholy
  2. an attack of delirium tremens
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blue-devil in Medicine

blue devil

n.
  1. A blue capsule or tablet containing barbiturate amobarbital or its sodium derivative.
  2. A feeling of depression; despondency.
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