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Re: Varon

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 23, 2002, 12:49
On Sun, 20 Jan 2002 02:35:03 -0500
Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote:

> Nik Taylor wrote: > > >Could you give an example? I don't think I've ever heard "to blue". > > > In one of Noel Coward's funnier but seldom-heard songs, there's a use of "to > blue" that apparently means 'to run through all one's money' or perhaps 'to > suffer/cause? a financial scandal' (probably posh slang, given the > context)--
Concise Oxford saith: _blue(2)_ /blu:/ (blues, blued, bluing or blueing) *Brit. slang* Squander (money) [Perhaps variant of BLOW(1)] (Blow(2)="a hard strick with a hand or weapon" etc) The eytmology doesn't really convice me, though. Also, I'd be very baffled to see that form "bluing" in print. Stephen