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blue devils

plural noun
1.
low spirits; depression.
Origin of blue devils
1780-1790
1780-90

blue devil

noun, Slang.

blue heaven

noun, Slang.
1.
a blue capsule or tablet containing the barbiturate amobarbital or its derivative.
Also called blue angel, blue devil.
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  • I neither eat nor sleep, and have, besides, the blue devils.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • He went on with these pranks for some years, till he took a fit of the blue devils.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • "Line up, you blue devils," came Charlie de Soto's raucous cry.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • We're a glorious combination against the blue devils, that's what we are.

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • I like to be out of the shell—but much of that kind of thing could only result in the blue devils.

  • The blue devils had reached the gangway; they were just below them when one looked up.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • You see the blue devils have the upper hand of me tonight, Myra.

    The Dreamer Mary Newton Stanard
  • You would not suppose that we are subject to the blue devils?

  • I dare say he's finely chagrined at this temporary parting—Eat up with the blue devils, I warrant.

    Inkle and Yarico George Colman
British Dictionary definitions for blue devils

blue devils

plural noun
1.
a fit of depression or melancholy
2.
an attack of delirium tremens
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Contemporary definitions for blue devils
noun
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blue devils 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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Slang definitions & phrases for blue devils

blue devils

noun

  1. Low spirits; depression: blue devils after giving birth
  2. Delirium tremens

blue heaven

n phr,n

A capsule of Amytal2, a type of barbiturate

[1950s+ Narcotics; perhaps fr a 1920s popular song ''My Blue Heaven'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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