Definition of blue rinse in English:

blue rinse


  • 1A preparation used as a rinse on grey or white hair so as to give it a temporary blue tint.

    • ‘Imagine him with a blue-rinse and you'll understand why my wife screamed in fright and the creature began to cry in terror.’
    • ‘Also, as an icon - all matinee hats, blue rinses and chintzy dresses - she helped her increasingly dysfunctional family when the going got tough.’
    • ‘The flight of young families to the outer suburbs left a distinct tinge of blue-rinse in the streets around Gunn Reserve.’
    • ‘Looking around me, I realised that the last time I'd shared a room with so many thick spectacles, pearl necklaces and blue rinses was at my grandmother's funeral.’
    • ‘Am I sorry for the little old ladies with the blue rinses?’
    • ‘She mouthed something I was to young and innocent to understand and she drove off in a cloud of blue smoke, blue rinse and bluer language as she took a friendly greeting to be a stranger's criticism of her driving.’
    • ‘Sporting blue rinses and headscarfs they are hungry for butter.’
    • ‘True, we may be some time away from sporting a blue rinse and our slippers in the street.’
    • ‘For the famous Greenham Common demo a group of us borrowed clothes and had temporary blue rinses done to look older.’
    • ‘She had kind eyes, a gentle face and a blue rinse.’
    • ‘And in fact, I've talked to hairdressers about this and they are told no, no, it still looks yellow, put more blue in, and in fact, they see it as grey, we see it as blue, so that's the origin of the blue rinse.’
    • ‘With the possible exception of an old tube of blue rinse, their cupboard is bare.’
    • ‘These are normally special places where nature waves the white flag, and predators become grannies waiting for their blue rinse.’
    • ‘A patriotic portrait of the Queen has gained the Royal seal of approval - despite showing Her Majesty complete with a blue rinse.’
    • ‘I see no evidence of a blue rinse, wrinkly brown stockings, big grey bloomers or a bus pass, if that's any help.’
    • ‘Are you by any chance a rather striking, long legged woman who wears glasses and has just had a blue rinse?’
    • ‘He sounds like a sour old baby boomer with a blue rinse.’
    • ‘The towelled brigade was running from door to door in hope of avoiding the rain in order to get the perfect blue rinse or perm.’
    • ‘It is an older crowd, lots of comb-over hairdos among the men, a fair share of blue rinse among the women.’
    • ‘Looking down to the left, the blue rinses and bald heads of the dancers glint under the lights.’
    1. 1.1derogatory, informal as modifier Relating to conservative elderly women.
      ‘the blue-rinse brigade’
      • ‘When the celebrations started, all ages and sections of society joined in, with blue-rinse pensioners thronging alongside fresh-faced enthusiasts and even Orthodox priests.’
      • ‘At least the blue rinse brigade can get back to cutting the crusts off sandwiches and setting the net curtains a twitching.’
      • ‘He read it a few days ago at an author event and several members of the blue-rinse brigade in the audience got up and left while he was in full flight.’
      • ‘I do believe they're talking about a more conservative dresser, not someone of the blue-rinse brigade.’
      • ‘Local amenities include a funeral directors, bingo hall and Doris's Hair Salon who provides the latest blue rinse styles.’
      • ‘They were so impressed with the results from a decade of trying out homespun stock - picking techniques that they decided to share their secrets with the world in a book and became blue-rinse media darlings in America.’
      • ‘Bingo is shedding its blue rinse and mothballs image and bidding to become young, fun and sexy.’
      • ‘In the main lobby, blue-rinsed women are taking afternoon tea, a tradition that predates two world wars.’
      • ‘From the looks of things at the Saturday matinée I attended, even his blue rinse subscribers are glad of a change.’
      • ‘This not about blue-rinse bus tours and the grey panthers sipping their gin and tonics in baronial Scottish homes.’
      • ‘But the other day I was repeatedly reminded that I sound ‘a wee bit funny, hen’ by members of the blue rinse set…’
      • ‘Over the blue rinse set, bald pates and arthritic couples leaning into each other for support rather than sexy, slow dancing.’
      • ‘Small town golf club, blue rinse brigade and much back slapping and guffawing was what I envisaged with my city mentality, how wrong was I?’
      • ‘His widely-publicised friendship with the former topless model set sherry glasses rattling among the blue-rinse brigade.’
      • ‘But the stereotyped blue-rinse brigade image of bingo is not quite so straightforward.’
      • ‘I suppose I shared the common misconception of charities being run by retired colonels and blue-rinse ladies.’
      • ‘Here's why, because the local right wing Tory is a shoo-in for this area of the country, voted for en-masse by the blue rinse and grey vote.’
      • ‘You haven't extended your vote at all, just mobilised the blue rinse brigade as usual!’
      • ‘Bournemouth is known as the blue rinse capital of the south.’
      • ‘Opposite, from left to right: the bizarre hair salon that has no sign and does not advertise, serving a very small and select clientele of blue-rinsed customers.’