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blue law

n.
1. A law designed to prohibit or limit the transaction of commercial business or the holding of recreational activities on Sundays.
2. One of a body of laws in colonial New England designed to enforce certain moral standards and particularly to prohibit specified forms of entertainment or recreation on Sundays.
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blue′ law`


n.
1. any law that forbids certain practices, as doing business or dancing, on Sunday.
2. any of the puritanical laws of colonial New England regulating personal conduct.
[1775–85, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blue law - a statute regulating work on Sundays
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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References in classic literature ?
'Blue Laws,' in virtue whereof, among other enlightened provisions, any citizen who could be proved to have kissed his wife on Sunday, was punishable, I believe, with the stocks.
"That was the time of the Blue Laws, but perhaps it was too rigorous for King John.
The repeal of the "blue law" in Quebec, the province where Jean Coutu is based and has the bulk of its stores, has increased competition.
Blue Law, who has come down a long way to 48 from the 66 at which he won at Naas two seasons ago, rates a big threat, but Gagnant will be hard to beat.
Blue Law, ridden by Seamie Heffernan for Andrew Oliver, was in the firing line all the way and emerged on top in a three-way photo finish to the 6f three-year-old handicap.
The last major change to Colorado liquor laws made by the Colorado General Assembly was the reversal of the blue law in July 2008 that had been in effect since Prohibition, restricting liquor sales on Sundays.
Charles Patterson, spokesman for MFGpartners.net said the marketplace is focusing on businesses throughout Connecticut in need of an array of machining, metalworking, mold making, castings, grinding services, precision metal machining (http://mfgpartners.net/precision-metal-machining) and other services in Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwalk, Danbury, Hartford, Stamford, New Britain, West Hartford, Waterbury, Greenwich and throughout the Blue Law State.
Marcus Callaghan has limited artillery but he is is a capable trainer, and Blue Law can strike in the apprentice handicap (5.05).
Eleven other states have a similar prohibition - or blue law - on Sunday auto sales.
In 1888, the Blair Sunday-Rest Bill was introduced to Congress and would have made Sunday the national day of rest and religious observance, effectively serving as a national blue law. Seventh Day Baptists, along with other Sabbath-keeping groups, lobbied against the legislation, claiming that the bill was a violation of the separation of church and state.
Within memory we have experienced fair trade restrictions, blue law restrictions and attempts to create a new class of over-the-counter drugs available only where a pharmacy license exists.