the blues (neither music nor mood)

mO_ok

Senior Member
Lithuanian
Hi all,
while reading 'Lost Girls' by Angela Marsons I came across this expression: ‘My colleague will escort you on the blues.’ It's a conversation between two police officers and I'm guessing that the blues refer to police cars. However, I have checked British police cars (the action is taking place in the UK) and all of them use two colours, namely, blue and yellow. Have I missed something? Do you have any ideas?
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Depends when it was written, police car colour schemes have changed over time, and there is no reason why a bit of "jargon" like calling the cars "the blues" has to match the colour of the car.

    It could also be a reference to the blue lights they use on the cars in emergency situations.
     

    mO_ok

    Senior Member
    Lithuanian
    It is a very recent book (2015). Thanks, suzi br, the emergency lights really solve the mystery! ^_^
     

    mO_ok

    Senior Member
    Lithuanian
    Yes, and it is most likely referring to the lights rather than the colour of the car.
     
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