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 Green Goose (A).Green Hands (a nautical phrase). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Green Gown (A).
 
A tousel in the new-mown hay. To “give one a green gown” sometimes means to go beyond the bounds of innocent playfulness.   1
       
“Had any dared to give her [Narcissa] a green gown,
The fair had petrifled him with a frown… .
Pure as the snow was she, and cold as ice.”
       
Peter Pindar: Old Simon.
 


 Green Goose (A).Green Hands (a nautical phrase). 

 
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