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The Idiom Attic - a collection of hundreds of English idioms, each one explained.

"blue" idioms...

See also, the Phrase Thesaurus list of phrases that contain the word blue

and, a list of phrases that relate in some way the word blue

" Blue plate special "
Meaning:
A set meal provided at a reduced price.
Example:
We were hungry but broke. The blue plate special was our only option.
Where did it originate?:
USA, early 20th century.
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More idioms about:   food   america  
" Double denim "
Meaning:
Denim jeans worn with a denim shirt or jacket.
Example:
He only ever wears blue and usually it's jeans and a shirt - the full double denim.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, early 21st century.
Where is it used?:
Mostly Britain and Australia.
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More idioms about:   clothes  
" Once in a blue moon "
Meaning:
A rare occurrence.
Example:
West Bromwich Albion have won the cup. but only every once in a blue moon.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 19th century.
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More idioms about:   colour   nature   luck   number  
" Out of the blue "
Meaning:
Suddenly and unexpectedly.
Example:
We were sunbathing and then it just started to hail. It was literally out of the blue.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 19th century (as 'a bolt from the blue').
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More idioms about:   surprise   luck  

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