blue line


Definition of blue line

: either of two blue lines that divide an ice hockey rink into three equal zones and that separate the offensive and defensive zones from the center-ice neutral zone

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Recent Examples on the Web Giving that Minnesota blue line an instant boost of energy has been Faber and Koster, who’ve quickly adjusted to the college game. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers men's hockey hot start sparked by defense, buying into bubble," 3 Dec. 2020 Behind the thin blue line is the idea that police are the force that stands between law and order and chaos. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego police mandate solid-colored masks with no logos to appease concerns," 23 Nov. 2020 When the original mural was vandalized with a thin blue line, local residents restored it within hours. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, "The Defacement and Destruction of Black Lives Matter Murals," 19 Nov. 2020 Based on a prominent model by London’s Imperial College, the chart illustrated with a sinuous blue line how many Americans might die if nothing were done to protect the public’s health. New York Times, "A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On," 12 Oct. 2020 Then 2:05 into the second, Krashik picked up the puck at the blue line and sent a wrist shot past Stauber on the glove side. Staff Reports,, "State colleges: UConn blanks No. 15 Providence in men’s hockey," 28 Dec. 2020 The first good scoring chance on the power play went to the Buckeyes, when Cassidy stripped the puck from Jackson LaCombe at the blue line and skated in all alone on LaFontaine. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers men's hockey beats Ohio State 2-0 to sweep series, start season 4-0," 24 Nov. 2020 At one point, the blue line stretches toward Eckstein’s office and shatters against the exterior wall. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, six online art videos ask how media shapes memory," 16 Dec. 2020 The blue line on the graph represents Covid-19 cases in the vaccine group, the red one Covid-19 cases in the placebo group. Matthew Herper, STAT, "FDA scientists endorse ‘highly effective’ Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine ahead of key panel," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of blue line

1925, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Blue line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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