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Blues (The)


applied to troops.

The Oxford Blues. The Royal Horse Guards were so called in 1690, from the Earl of Oxford their commander and the blue facings. Wellington, in one of his despatches, writes:—“I have been appointed colonel of the Blues.”

“It was also known as the ‘Blue Guardsʹ during the campaign in Flanders (1742–1745).”—Trimen: Regiments of the British Army.

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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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