One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cry of terror or alarm; a great commotion or disturbance; a noisy and vehement protest or outcry.
to scream (also cry, yell,etc.) blue murder
: to make cries of terror or alarm; to make a noisy and extravagant protest or outcry; to raise a commotion. Compare earlier to shout (also roar, yell, etc.) murder.
like blue murder
: (a) with great strength, ferocity, vehemence, noise, etc.; (b) at a very fast pace, at top speed (now rare).
Early 19th century. From blue + murder, probably after French morbleu.
blue murder/ˌbluː ˈməːdə/
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