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= B =
blue wire n.
[IBM] Patch wires (esp. 30 AWG gauge)
added to circuit boards at the factory to correct design or
fabrication problems. Blue wire is not necessarily blue, the term
describes function rather than color. These may be necessary if
there hasn't been time to design and qualify another board version.
In Great Britain this can be `bodge wire', after mainstream
slang `bodge' for a clumsy improvisation or sloppy job of work.
Compare purple wire, red wire, yellow wire, pink wire.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.