brown thumb

brown thumb

The inability or lack of skill in gardening or growing plants, such that they end up dying or fail to grow at all. Derived from "green thumb," meaning the opposite. I'd love a flowerbed in the back yard, but I have such a brown thumb that the flowers would all die within a week.
See also: brown, thumb
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Realize that no one is born with a green thumb or a brown thumb.
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We're proudest of our tomatoes that are grown year round, our lettuce and our corn," said Durst, adding that while he considers himself to have "a black or brown thumb," his wife has a "green thumb.
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Some of us, no matter how hard we try, were born with brown thumbs instead of green ones.