One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the UK) a report bound in a blue cover and issued by Parliament or the Privy Council.
- ‘Sources said yesterday that no precise forecasts would be made until after the publication of the so-called blue book, which will revise growth figures back to 1994.’
- ‘Much of it, and that often the most revealing and significant is not what appears in… speeches, reports, and blue books.’
- ‘According to the draft, the new blue book highlights the importance Japan attaches to civil societies.’
- ‘One has to assume, does one not, that in certifying the agreement, the Commission proceeded on the basis of, is it section 89 in the blue book - I am lost again - section 89?’
2historical (in the US) an official book listing government officials.
- ‘The biographical data on assemblymen has been compiled from the California Blue Book for the years 1893-1911.’
- ‘One of the many books we receive at the newspaper office is the Mississippi Blue Book, the official and statistical register for our great state.’
- ‘It also has lists government offices and administrative bodies and is a useful supplement to the Blue Book.’
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