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blues, the

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blues, the

noun phrase
  1. A state of melancholy; depression (1830s+)
  2. A usually slow style of singing, guitar-playing, and jazz originally reflecting in its melancholy and resignation the special plight of black people and the general vicissitudes of life and love; esp songs having in each stanza a repeated opening statement and single closing statement (1912+)
  3. The police (mid-1800s+)

[first sense ultimately fr late 1700s term the blue devils, ''a fit of melancholy'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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