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blue ribbon

(in Britain) a badge of blue silk worn by members of the Order of the Garter
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blue ribbon

denotes highest honor. [Western Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 127]
See: Prize
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But those in charge of the nuclear watchdog "Nuclear Information and Resource Service," or NIRS, said the blue-ribbon panel did not receive "literally thousands of comments" submitted from Oct.
An active IABC volunteer leader, Martell has served several times on IABC's international board, and as director of IABC's Canada District 2, president of IABC/Atlantic Canada and blue-ribbon panel judge with IABC's Gold Quill awards program.
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