absenteeism among police officers or firefighters who claim to be ill but are in fact absent to support union contract demands or negotiations: so called from the officers’ blue uniforms.
a bluish-gray winter color phase of the Arctic fox, Alopex lagopus. the Arctic fox in summer pelage. the blue fur of this animal. any white fox fur dyed blue. Historical Examples The Freebooters Gustave Aimard The Freebooters Gustave Aimard The Border Rifles Gustave Aimard The White Scalper Gustave Aimard The White Scalper Gustave Aimard Principles […]
noun (slang) a state of great terror or loss of nerve A profoundly timorous or nervous state A profoundly depressed state (1860s+ British)
In a state of panic or terror. For example, Just because the bride’s mother is late, you needn’t get in a blue funk. This term originated in the mid-1700s as in a funk, the adjective blue, meaning “affected with fear or anxiety,” being added a century later. In a state of dejection, sad. For example, […]