rub of the green


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the rub of the green

Good luck, especially in sports. Primarily heard in UK. He'll need the rub of the green if he's going to pull this off.
See also: green, of, rub

the rub of the green

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
In an activity, especially a sport, the rub of the green is good luck. If we keep playing like that and get the rub of the green, we'll win more games than we lose. At this stage West would appreciate the rub of the green: the sort of luck that gave Bristol a penalty. Note: This expression probably comes from golf or bowls. The `rub' is the direction in which the grass is bent when it is cut, which affects the movement of the ball.
See also: green, of, rub

rub of the green

the influence of luck, seen as being advantageous or more usually disadvantageous.
The expression originated in the language of golf, where it denotes an accidental interference with the course or position of a ball on the green.
1962 Guardian If applications…reached fantastic proportions, the Government would have to consider the matter. ‘At present we treat it as a rub of the green.’
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But, as has been our story of the season, we've not had the rub of the green.
We've certainly had the rub of the green, where in the past we've had decisions maybe go against us," said the Dragons blindside, who will win his 24th cap tomorrow.
You need the rub of the green and we didn't seem to get that.
Mind you, I know nothing about golf Punting low R Woody not having the rub of the green at Windsor on Monday night.
O'Connor insisted he never doubted his team would win this Pool Three match, despite not getting what he described as "the rub of the green," O'Connor explained: "I am pleased with the win, but not with the fact that they leave with a bonus point from a game we largely dominated.
WHEN your team are on a bad run people either say your not getting the rub of the green or you don't know what you're doing.
It defies belief how we lost but I've seen it before when you don't get the rub of the green,' said a stunned Quinn.
A hot putter and rub of the green will see him go a lot closer this year.
We have to improve our scrum reputation if we are going to get the rub of the green on those interpretation calls," said Cheika.
I think Cork have certainly got the rub of the green this year.
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy enjoyed the rub of the green for an 11-1 double on Vulcanite and Stravita at Hereford.
Hopefully we will get the rub of the green some time soon because we also felt a wee bit of injustice with the penalty awarded against me at Dundee on Saturday.
I thought we didn't get the rub of the green," claimed Kear.
A few controversial decisions went against the Crusaders in both games and Welsh international forward James believes the team are not getting the rub of the green at the moment.
So maybe when the smaller clubs come to the elite clubs, they don't get the rub of the green.