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    Jhon felt rather blue because he had not done as well on his final exams as he had expected to.
    Here , what is the meaning of the phrase blue? Thank you

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    Be depressed or sad, as in I was really feeling blue after she told me she was leaving.

    The noun blues, meaning “low spirits,” was first recorded in 1741 and may come from blue devil, a 17th-century term for a baleful demon, or from the adjective blue meaning “sad,” a usage first recorded in Chaucer's Complaint of Mars (c. 1385). The idiom may have been reinforced by the notion that anxiety produces a livid skin color. (

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