blue flu


Definition of blue flu

: a sick-out staged by police officers

Examples of blue flu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holt gets to use some profanity that NBC won’t air before realizing something: The blue flu didn’t raise the crime rate. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of blue flu

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blue flu

from the color of a police uniform

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The first known use of blue flu was in 1967

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“Blue flu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of blue flu

: an organized absence from work by police officers on the pretext of sickness that is staged for the purpose of protest


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