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wear the willow

To grieve. The willow tree is traditionally associated with sadness. My grandmother has been wearing the willow ever since my grandfather died. I wore the willow after my true love married another man.
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wear the green willow

To grieve for lost or unrequited love. The willow tree is traditionally associated with sadness. My grandmother has been wearing the green willow ever since my grandfather died. I wore the green willow after my true love married another man.
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wear the green willow

1 grieve for the loss of a loved one. 2 suffer unrequited love. literary
A willow branch or leaves traditionally symbolized grief or unrequited love. In Othello , Desdemona sings the mournful ‘willow song’, about a maid forsaken by her lover, shortly before she is murdered.
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References in classic literature ?
It was about dark now; so I dropped the canoe down the river under some willows that hung over the bank, and waited for the moon to rise.
I peeped out through the willow branches, and there it was -- a skiff, away across the water.
I run the canoe into a deep dent in the bank that I knowed about; I had to part the willow branches to get in; and when I made fast nobody could a seen the canoe from the outside.
It was studded with islands which, like the alluvial bottoms, were covered with groves of cotton-wood, thickets of willow, tracts of good lowland grass, and abundance of green rushes.
And he gained his own bank without more ado, while Robin thrashed and spluttered about until he made shift to grasp a willow wand and thus haul himself ashore on the other side.
The pollard willows, tortured out of their natural shape by incessant choppings, became spiny-haired monsters as they stood up against it.
Their father, Matthias Bede, was drowned in the Willow Brook last night, not far from his own door.
Thias Bede was drowned last night in the Willow Brook, and I'm thinking that the aged mother will be greatly in need of comfort.
After supper, when grandfather set off to church, grandmother and I took my short cut through the willow hedge and went over to hear about the visit to the Shimerdas'.
For example, the inner bark of willows has often been described as an emergency food, which is another way of saying that you'd probably never eat willow bark unless you were literally starving.
Salicin, a toxin produced by willows, so improves one kind of willow-eating beetle's survival that the willows that produce the most salicin end up suffering the most beetle-inflicted leaf damage, report researchers at the University of California at Irvine in the Aug.
Iam a school governor at Willows High School and have been part of a very dedicated team in giving the children the best at Willows ("Revealed: Our best & worst schools", Echo, January 12).
Willows, a houselike restaurant in the heart of Topanga, provides a quiet, woodsy escape from the manic qualities of busy suburban life.
CHICAGO -- Fitch has upgraded City of Rockford, Illinois (Wesley Willows Project), as follows:
In so doing, ``The Wind in the Willows,'' brimming with verbal and visual wit and imagination, driven by high adventure, reveling in English eccentricity, enlivened by bursts of song, unafraid of ideas and filled with color and splendid performances, exposes most other movies intended to attract children as out-and-out pap.