1882J. NixonAmong Boers 152The rock now worked is known as the ‘blue rock’. It is loosely-textured rock of a dull blue colour, looking like a solidified mud.
1897F.R. StathamS. Afr. as It Is 190The yellow soil from which they had been extracting diamonds came to a stop...Instead there was a pale blue gravel which seemed the end of everything. Really it was the beginning, for the blue soil turned out to be the true home of the diamond.
1939M. RorkeMelina Rorke 57I had no interest in diamonds themselves — the stones were so common that they were frequently scuffed out of the ‘hard blue’ refuse from the mines, which formed our lovely garden walks.
1978M. HartmannShadow of Leopard 8By late 1873 they had gathered enough money to acquire several claims — all of them containing the blue clay or Kimberlite that a few geologists said would be rich in the precious stones.
1886J. NobleCape of G.H.: Off. Handbk 194The extent of this hard rock is as yet unknown; though not quite all the ‘blue’ has been removed to this level, it has been recently ascertained that the basaltic rock encircles the entire mine.
1888Cape Punch 4 Apr. 199The blue, i.e. the Kimberley diamondiferous ‘blue’.
1891R. SmithGreat Gold Lands 64At the surface the precious ‘blue’ is run in trucks by an endless rope to the drying grounds, which are some miles away, and some square miles in extent.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 71The dark, greyish-blue soil which forms the matrix in which the diamonds are found..is also called ‘blue-clay’ or simply ‘the blue’.
1924G. Baumann inBaumann & BrightLost Republic (1940) 84The diamond fields had been worked down to the ‘blue,’ and many diggers, thinking they had struck ‘country rock’, abandoned or sold their claims.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 499Permits can be obtained and a few hours profitably passed in inspecting the original hole, the first washing, when the mud is taken from the disintegrated blue and the machinery for crushing the hard lumps of blue.
2. [from sense A 2.]In the plural, the blues:a state of mind and emotion resulting from marijuana-smoking.
1963L.F. FreedCrime in S. Afr. 208‘Blues’ were divided into three categories. There were the ‘terror blues’, the ‘recognising blues’ and the ‘happy blues’. Two were self-explanatory, but the ‘recognising blues’ represented a state in which the addict felt that he knew everybody around him and that he was not lonely.
Of or pertaining to the unweathered diamond-bearing soil lying beneath the surface or ‘yellow’ soil.
Under the influence of marijuana; boomed up, see boomnoun.
Elliptical for blue ground.
a state of mind and emotion resulting from marijuana-smoking.
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