blue murder n.
1. [mid-19C+] cries of terror, horror, alarm; usu. in phrs. below.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
1. to a great extent; very much.
2. (also like blue stink) very quickly, at top speed.
3. very aggressively.
[1950s] very angry.
[mid-19C+] to be in a state of hysteria, utterly and completely overwrought or terrified.