blue devils

blue devils
noun
a state of depression
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he had a bad case of the blues

Syn: ↑blues, ↑megrims, ↑vapors, ↑vapours
Hypernyms: ↑depression

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[1780-90]

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blue devils,
2. a) = delirium tremens. (Cf.delirium tremens) b) horrible things imagined during delirium tremens.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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