blue-rinse

blue′-rinse` or blue′-rinsed`
adj.
sbz of, for, or composed mostly of elderly women:
the blue-rinse matinee audience[/ex]
Etymology: 1975–80; so called from the bluish tinge produced by certain rinses used on gray hair

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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