the rub of the green

the rub of the green

Good luck, especially in sports. 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
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We have to improve our scrum reputation if we are going to get the rub of the green on those interpretation calls," said Cheika.
But we have been conceding too many silly goals and haven't been getting the rub of the green.
Barry Wilson insisted Elgin never got the rub of the green after Paul Watson's speculative strike won it for Montrose.
And he was happy to take the rub of the green on the controversial penalty decision.
The 37-year-old said: "We've had a rough ride in the last couple of weeks and not got the rub of the green so it's great to get back-to-back home wins.
Michael Dods' four-year-old has admittedly struggled this season, but he is a reasonable sprinter if he gets the rub of the green and is now 15lb lower than when last victorious in 2011.
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy enjoyed the rub of the green for an 11-1 double on Vulcanite and Stravita at Hereford.
The chop-tackling flanker admits they have had the rub of the green on occasions during their Six Nations Championship campaign.
We are going to have to play very well and get the rub of the green, but we will be giving it our all.
I don't think it was a sending off, it was a bad decision but we all have bad days - we all play badly, but today we don't think we got the rub of the green with decisions.
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.
We didn't get the rub of the green with certain decisions, but the win keeps us in there fighting.
Middlesbrough ABC coach Tony Whitby added: "I wouldn't call Joe's result a robbery - he kept pushing him back but didn't get the rub of the green.
We've only made one change to the squad but all of a sudden feel we are getting the rub of the green," said Town secretary Darren Middleton.