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Difference between Get one’s blue and Get the blues

get one’s blue—(Oxford and Cambridge) be awarded a blue cap, scarf, etc. for representing one’s university in athletics:

  • He will get his blue next term and show that he’s a jolly good fellow.

get the blues—(coll.) feel sad or depressed (also: have the blues):

  • His excess energy can be misdirected, especially when he gets the blues (as we all do sometimes).

See also: come out of the blue / get into a blue.