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blue in the face

Definition of blue in the face

  1. :  at the point of having done or tried something for a very long time without having any success or making any difference <I talked to him until I was blue in the face, but he wouldn't listen to me.>



Word by Word Definitions

blueplay
  1. :  of the color blue

    :  bluish

    :  discolored by or as if by bruising

  1. :  a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet

    :  a pigment or dye that colors blue

    :  bluing

  1. :  to make blue

    :  to turn blue

faceplay
  1. :  the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

    :  the face as a means of identification :  countenance

    :  presence, sight

  1. :  to confront impudently

    :  to line near the edge especially with a different material

    :  to cover the front or surface of


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