or Azure is the symbol of Divine eternity and human
immortality. Consequently, it is a mortuary colour- hence its use in covering the coffins of young persons.
When used for the garment of an angel, it signifies faith and fidelity.
As the dress of the Virgin, it indicates modesty. In blazonry,
it signifies chastity, loyalty, fidelity, and a spotless reputation.
The Covenanters wore blue as their badge, in opposition to
the scarlet of royalty. They based their choice on Numb. xv. 38, “Speak
unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes
in the borders of their garments ... and that they put upon the fringe
... a ribband of blue. ”
(See Colours for its symbolisms.)
(A), or a “staunch blue,” descriptive of political opinions,
for the most part means a Tory, for in most counties the Conservative
colour is blue. (See True Blue .)
“This was a blue demonstration, a gathering of the Conservative
clans.” —Holme Lee.
A blue. (See Blue Stocking.) A dark blue. An Oxford man
or Harrow boy. A light blue. A Cambridge man or Eton boy. An
old blue. One who has pulled in a University boat-race, or taken
part in any of their athletic contests.
“There were five old blues playing.” —Standard, May 8th,
This is a Spanish phrase, and refers to the notion that the veins
shown in the skin of aristocratic families are more blue than that of
inferior persons. (See
True blue will never stain.
A really noble heart will never disgrace itself. The reference is
to blue aprons and blouses worn by butchers, which do not show
True as Coventry blue.
The reference is to a blue cloth and blue thread made at Coventry,
noted for its permanent dye.
'Twas Presbyterian true blue
i. 1). The allusion is to the blue apron which
some of the Presbyterian preachers used to throw over their
preaching-tub before they began to address the people. In one of the
Rump songs we read of a person going to hear a lecture, and the song
Where I a tub did view,
Hung with an apron blue; 'Twas the preacher's, I conjecture.
To look blue.
To be disconcerted. He was blue in the face.
wonder. The effect of fear and wonder is to drive the colour from the
cheeks, and give them a pale-bluish tinge.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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