blue·nose | \ ˈblü-ˌnōz \

Definition of bluenose 

: a person who advocates a rigorous moral code

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bluenosed \ˈblü-ˌnōzd \ adjective

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moralist, nice nelly, prude, puritan



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Examples of bluenose in a Sentence

the editorial lambasts those bluenoses who feel they have the moral authority to dictate how other people should conduct themselves in private

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Bluenoses were bound to be pushed out of joint, so to speak, by a festival that was more Burning Man than County Fair. Logan Jenkins,, "Fairground bombs pot expo, but in Vista, protest is a piece of cake," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of bluenose

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluenose was in 1785

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