blue peter
noun Etymology: probably from the name Peter Date: 1823 a blue signal flag with a white square in the center used to indicate that a merchant vessel is ready to sail

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  • Blue Peter — Blue Blue (bl[=u]), a. [Compar. {Bluer} (bl[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Bluest}.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a], D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blue peter — n. [prob. < blue repeater, signal flag used in Brit Navy] a blue signal flag with a white square in the center, flown by a merchant ship to show it is ready to sail …   English World dictionary

  • Blue Peter — ► NOUN ▪ a blue flag with a white square in the centre, raised by a ship about to leave port …   English terms dictionary

  • blue peter — (izg. blȗ pȋter) m DEFINICIJA pom. signalna zastava s bijelim četverokutom na modrom polju, po međunarodnom signalnom kodeksu brod njome najavljuje da napušta luku ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Blue Peter — This article is about BBC television series. For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). Blue Peter Format Children s, entertainment Created by John Hunter Blair …   Wikipedia

  • Blue Peter — UK / US noun Word forms Blue Peter : singular Blue Peter plural Blue Peters 1) [countable] a blue flag with a white square in the middle, used by ships to signal that they are ready to sail 2) [uncountable] a British television programme for… …   English dictionary

  • blue peter — Naut. a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent departure. [1815 25] * * * ▪ racehorse       (foaled 1936), English racehorse… …   Universalium

  • blue peter — noun a blue flag with a white square in the center indicates that the vessel is ready to sail • Hypernyms: ↑code flag, ↑nautical signal flag * * * Blue Peter [Blue Peter] a British children’s television programme broadcast by the ↑BBC since 1958 …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue peter — /blu ˈpitə / (say blooh peetuh) noun a blue flag with a white square in the centre, symbol of the letter P in the International Code of Signals, hoisted by a ship as a signal that it is ready to leave port. {blue + peter, originally repeater} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Blue Peter —    British    (of education)    undisciplined or ineffective    The derivation is from a television programme for children in which, among other activities, they were shown how to construct models out of waste materials. The use is derogatory of… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • blue peter — blue′ pe′ter n. naut. navig. a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent departure • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

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