designed to operate on and range over the open sea; oceangoing: a bluewater navy that can be dispatched throughout the world, far from its home base.
Origin of blue-water
First recorded in 1900–05
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He was a blue-water man, and one day he broke loose and got at the charterers' whisky.Thrice Armed