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Green Man


This public-house sign represents the gamekeeper, who used at one time to be dressed in green.

“But the ‘Green Man shall I pass by unsung,

Which mine own James upon his sign-post hung?

His sign, his image—for he once was seen

A squire’s attendant, clad in keeper’s green.”

Crabbe: Borough.

The men who let off fireworks were called Green-men in the reign of James I.

“Have you any squibs, any green-man in your shows?”—The Seven Champions of Christendom.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Green Glasses
Green Goose (A)
Green Gown (A)
Green Hands (a nautical phrase)
Green Horse (The)
Green Howards (The)
Green Isle
Green Knight (The)
Green Labour
Green Linnets
Green Man
Green Room (The)
Green Sea
Green Thursday
Green Tree
Green Wax
Green as Grass
Green Bag Inquiry
Green Baize Road (Gentlemen of the)
Green-Eyed Jealousy or Green-eyed Monster
Green in my Eye