Meaning of “blue law” in the English Dictionary

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"blue law" in English

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blue lawnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbluː ˌlɔː/ us /ˈbluː ˌlɑː/ US old-fashioned informal

Examples from literature

  • Enforcement of the blue laws would make Sunday not a day of resting but of arresting. 
  • The laws against witchcraft, the long line of "blue laws," the laws affecting religious beliefs and many social customs, are well-known examples of legal and innocent acts which legislatures and courts have once made criminal. 
  • The old blue laws were stringently enforced, and the penalty for infringement was usually a sharp one. 

(Definition of “blue law” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blue law" in American English

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blue lawnoun [ C ]

/ˈblu ˌlɔ/

(Definition of “blue law” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)