blue law


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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.

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.]
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"
References in classic literature ?
That was the time of the Blue Laws, but perhaps it was too rigorous for King John.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick, his brother, Michael, and their wives were co-owners of the Baloon (originally Saloon -- a now-rescinded blue law caused the name change) and several other New York restaurants at various times.
An unusual blue law forbidding social smoking was enacted in Connecticut.
IRC section 7122(b)(3) is every bit as sensible as the New England blue law prohibiting taking a bath on Sunday.
passes a blue law prohibiting drug stores from selling ice cream sodas.