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    blue blood

    what is ita actuall meaning? how to use it in a sentance??

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    Re: blue blood

    I believe originally it referred to royalty. Now it's used as a metaphor for "the nobility" or the very rich or the "old money." It's often used disparagingly.

    We have lousy reception on our cell phones in this town because the blue bloods up on "Society Hill" didn't want a tower to mess up their landscape.

    (That's the US meaning, anyway. There may be other meanings elsewhere.)

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    Re: blue blood

    In Spain some white people where proud of not getting married with people of other colors. Because of that this families kept their skin white for generations claiming they had "sangre azul" (blue blood) because of the blueish color of their veins that were visible. It's up to you whether you still want to use this expression.
    Last edited by anreak; 14-Oct-2008 at 05:49.

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    Re: blue blood

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I believe originally it referred to royalty. Now it's used as a metaphor for "the nobility" or the very rich or the "old money." It's often used disparagingly.

    We have lousy reception on our cell phones in this town because the blue bloods up on "Society Hill" didn't want a tower to mess up their landscape.

    (That's the US meaning, anyway. There may be other meanings elsewhere.)

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    Similar in the UK, but the aristocracy are referred to as having blue blood, not being blue bloods; we'd use other nouns: 'the nobs', 'the gentry', or - as above - 'the old money'... ( But we'd use the term 'aristos' only if we were talking about Revolutionary France).

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    Last edited by BobK; 14-Oct-2008 at 15:59. Reason: Fix typo

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