turn the air blue

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turn the air blue

  1. (idiomatic) To speak a stream of bad language; to curse and swear.
    • 1893, Isabella Castelar, The Spanish Treasure: A Story of Love and the Love of Gold, page 228
      ... he then relieved his feelings by kicking the lot, collectively and separately, swearing continuously in a strain calculated to turn the air blue all around him.