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Blue Murder

To shout blue murder. Indicative more of terror or alarm than of real danger. It appears to be a play on the French exclamation morbleu; there may also be a distinct allusion to the common phrase “blue ruin.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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