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screwed, blued, and tattooed

adjective phrase
  1. Thoroughly cheated; victimized; maltreated
  2. : In the Pacific Fleet, screwed, blued, and tattooed means that you've hit a foreign port and have done everything of importance in that port—you have gotten laid, had a new set of dress blues hand made, and added to your already prodigious collection of tattoos (Navy)

[1940s+; in the first sense, blued is probably fr earlier blewed, ''robbed''; tattooed has the standard sense ''struck rapidly and repeatedly'']

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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