|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
Concise Oxford saith:
_blue(2)_ /blu:/ v.tr. (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.