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blue law

any puritanical law that forbids certain practices, especially drinking or working on Sunday, dancing, etc.
Compare sumptuary law.
Origin of blue law
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I wonder if there's any blue-law that forbids opening chair-car windows.

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • After all, are we so far removed from the blue-law regime of early New England?

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