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Blue Hen


Captain Caldwell used to say that no cock could be truly game whose mother was not a blue hen. As Caldwell commanded the 1st Delaware regiment in the war, the State of Delaware was nicknamed Blue Hen.

Your mother was a blue hen, no doubt. A reproof given to a braggart. (See above.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Blue Bottle
Blue Caps
Blue-coat School
Blue Devils
Blue-eyed Maid (The)
Blue Fish (The)
Blue Flag
Blue Gown (A)
Blue Guards (The)
Blue Hen
Blue John (A)
Blue Laws (The)
Blue-light Federalists
Blue Monday
Blue Moon
Blue Mould
Blue Murder