31 March 2014

Blue Devils

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue contains a wealth of information, including, the following definitions/explanations:

BLUE FLAG. He has hoisted the blue flag; he has commenced   publican, or taken a public house, an allusion to the blue aprons worn by publicans. See ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE.

BLUE DEVILS. Low spirits.

For more definitions from this source, see Bears and Bulls

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