blue devils

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EtymologyEdit

Originally apparitions supposed to be seen by sufferers of delirium tremens.

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NounEdit

blue devils pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) low spirits; depression
    • 1890, William Morris, News from Nowhere, in the journal The Commonweal. (First published in book form 1890.)
      "[…] the disease is either extinct, or exists in such a mild form that a short course of aperient medicine carries it off. It is sometimes called the Blue-devils now or the Mulleygrubs. Queer names, ain't they?"
  2. (idiomatic) depressants, especially the barbiturate amobarbital.

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