a little green

a little green

1. Having little or no experience in a given field, specialty, or skill. It refers to the color of young vegetation, which has not fully matured. I know the new apprentice is a little green, but I think she'll do just fine in the new position.
2. Having a slightly sickly appearance, as from nausea. Are you alright? You're looking a little green.
See also: green, little
References in classic literature ?
This man held his hat in one hand and a little green flag in the other: whenever he waved the flag the procession advanced a little nearer, when he dipped it they sidled a little farther off, and whenever he waved his hat they all raised a hoarse cheer.
Crawling on all fours, I made steadily but slowly towards them, till at last, raising my head to an aperture among the leaves, I could see clear down into a little green dell beside the marsh, and closely set about with trees, where Long John Silver and another of the crew stood face to face in conversation.
He played constantly with a little green stone attached to his watch-chain, thus displaying long and very sensitive fingers, and had a habit of moving his head hither and thither very quickly without altering the position of his large and rather corpulent body, so that he seemed to be providing himself incessantly with food for amusement and reflection with the least possible expenditure of energy.