blue law

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noun

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

Compare sumptuary law.

Origin of blue law

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for blue law

Historical Examples of blue law

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

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

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer