Hard grass

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hard grass grȧs` (Bot) A name given to several different grasses, especially to the Roltböllia incurvata, and to the species of Ægilops, from one of which it is contended that wheat has been derived.
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Idioms

Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
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Usage

In literature:

With the exception of scanty and anaemic grass and a few stunted trees, there was hardly any vegetation noticeable.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The grass 'ud hardly kiver us, an thur a-gwine out o' range o' the bushes.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Not a tree nor a bush, hardly a blade of grass, is to be seen.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
There, where the grass was long, the cattle were lean; here, where you can hardly see the grass, the cattle are so fat!
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
He worked hard all day and when the sun went down, there was a roof of dried grass on the house.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
The grass was good, but the flies were so maddening that the poor ponies hardly grazed at all.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
He had hardly taken his seat when Mike Stelton strolled over and sat down on the grass.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
And they went to and fro over the ground where the grass seed had been sown, and they rolled it down smooth and hard and shiny.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
Reaching higher ground, we cantered along a hard, smooth road bordered with short green grass.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
There was hardly any grass.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
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In poetry:

The calloused grass lies hard
Against the cracking plain:
Life is a grayish stain;
The salt-marsh hems my yard.
"By The Road To The Air Base" by Yvor Winters
Yellow now is all the grass;
All the days in marching pass.
On the move is every man;
Hard work, far and near, they plan.
"On The Misery Of Soldiers" by Confucius
'The grass-path hardly can be stepped.
The lane is like a pool!' —
Her dream is shown to be inept,
Her wish they overrule.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
Where hardly a human foot could pass,
Or a human heart would dare,
On the quaking turf of the green morass
He crouched in the rank and tangled grass,
Like a wild beast in his lair.
"The Slave In The Dismal Swamp" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Come, all the long grass is a-mow'd an' a-carr'd,
An' the turf is so smooth as a bwoard an' so hard;
There's a bank to zit down, when y'ave danced a reel drough,
An' a tree over head vor to keep off the dew.
"Zummer Evenèn Dance" by William Barnes
So farre, so fast the eygre drave,
The heart had hardly time to beat,
Before a shallow seething wave
Sobbed in the grasses at oure feet: The feet had hardly time to flee
Before it brake against the knee,
And all the world was in the sea.
"The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

NEW YORK — If the grass-roots energy that fueled President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign proves hard to duplicate as he seeks re-election, so too could the Internet-powered small donor base that helped him shatter all fundraising records.
Amy Malick is the department's point person for sustainability, and she says the city is looking at a pilot program of 30 goats to eat grass and weeds in one, hard-to-mow area.
The grass and weeds are so high on some, you can hardly see to pull out.
One suspected drunk driver was not hard to find Tuesday night in Grass Valley.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Charlie Banks is working hard to get ready for his time at EKU.
Driving down Moose Hill Road, it's hard to miss the pristine green grass and well-groomed landscape at St John's Cemetery.
Fake grass may be a genuine solution for protecting trees from a hard life.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A hard lesson is being taught at one Lexington elementary school.
We imagine that at this point in the spring season, you've stocked up on loads of chocolate (or are anticipating a victorious post-Easter candy sale), faux grass and enough hard boiled eggs to live off of for the next six months.
Corn growers looking for longer-lasting control of hard-to-manage broadleaf weeds and grasses now have a new tool.
Together, we ran an aggressive grass roots campaign second to none, based on hard work and dedication.
The political grass can hardly get greener for Republicans.
You won't have to work as hard to be productive with a 16 foot mower that can cut an acre of grass in less than 5 minutes.
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