Rub of the green


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rub of the green (Golf) anything happening to a ball in motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie.
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In literature:

Squire Green rubbed his hands as if he had been proposing a plan with special reference to the interest of the Waltons.
"Bound to Rise" by Horatio Alger
The tea consists of the young green leaves of the tea-shrub rubbed to powder, and is very stimulating in its effect.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
One of these, in bright green, was a duplicate of the one he had seen rubbing herself down with a towel.
"Police Operation" by H. Beam Piper
Poet, Nature is trying to rub out the green of youth, and to paint everything white.
"The Cycle of Spring" by Rabindranath Tagore
The sampan rubbed the green timbers of the Kowloon landing stage.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
When the pain has somewhat abated, equal parts of mercurial ointment and green soap may be rubbed into the swollen tissue.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
As I felt the cold green boards rub my spine I seen the rest of the show.
"Chiquita, an American Novel" by Merrill Tileston
Meanwhile, Harry Vandeleur sat in an office, rubbed his hands, and put up the price of green paint.
"The Four Corners of the World" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason

In poetry:

Green withes burn slow…
And the old men of the world sit round the fire
And rub their hands….
But the smoke of the young men's torment
Ascends up for ever and ever.
"The Fire" by Lola Ridge