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blue law

  1. any puritanical law that forbids certain practices, especially drinking or working on Sunday, dancing, etc.
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Compare sumptuary law.

Origin of blue law

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for blue law

Historical Examples

  • After all, are we so far removed from the blue-law regime of early New England?

    The Menace of Prohibition

    Lulu Wightman

  • I wonder if there's any blue-law that forbids opening chair-car windows.

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer