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"blue" in British English

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blueadjective

uk   /bluː/  us   /bluː/
  • blue adjective (COLOUR)

A1 of the colour of the sky without clouds on a bright day, or a darker or lighter type of this: a faded blue shirt pale blue eyes Her hands were blue with cold (= slightly blue because of the cold).

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  • blue adjective (SEXUAL)

showing or mentioning sexual activity in a way that offends many people: a blue joke a blue movie/film His humour is a bit too blue for my tastes.
blueness
noun [U] uk   /ˈbluː.nəs/  us   /ˈbluː.nəs/

bluenoun

uk   /bluː/  us   /bluː/
  • blue noun (COLOUR)

A2 [C or U] a blue colour

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  • blue noun (SPORTS)

[C] UK a person who has played a sport for Oxford University against Cambridge University or for Cambridge University against Oxford University, or the title given to him or her for this
(Definition of blue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blue" in American English

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blueadjective, noun [C/U]

 us   /blu/
  • blue adjective, noun [C/U] (COLOR)

(of) the color of the sky on a clear, bright day: She has blue eyes.
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blueadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /blu/
sad; unhappy: I don’t know what’s wrong – I just feel blue.
(Definition of blue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“blue” in American English

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A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
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by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

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