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blue train, noun phrase

1. Usually with initial capitals. [So called for the colour of the livery.] A luxury passenger train, inaugurated in 1946, which runs between Cape Town and Pretoria. Also attributive.
1948 Press Digest No.7, 50Just travel in the blue train and you will see.
1988 N. Patterson in Cape Times 11 Jan. 7The five-star hotel on wheels, the Blue Train.
2. slang. Also with initial capitals. [So called for the colour of methylated spirit, which, because it is toxic, is dyed blue and made unpalatable (drinkers using bread to strain it); a play on sense 1 (see quotations 1982 and 1984).] Methylated spirit when taken as an alcoholic drink; vlam sense a. See also ai-ai.
1980 Sunday Times 4 May 19He said people also drank ethylated spirits — which has replaced methylated spirits or ‘blue train’.
1988 Weekend Argus 19 Mar. 17I’m drunk. I’m riding the Blue Train...I drink meths to keep me warm.
A luxury passenger train, inaugurated in 1946, which runs between Cape Town and Pretoria. Also attributive.
Methylated spirit when taken as an alcoholic drink; vlama.

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