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."
"The lads have not worked any less than they have the last few weeks but you do need 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.
We are going to have to play very well and get the rub of the green, but we will be giving it our all."
"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.
"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.
The Yeltz were happy to admit they got the rub of the green in winning 4-2 at AFC Telford last week and Haleso-wen's reward is a tie of the second qualifying round with last season's headline-grabbers Chasetown.
Indeed, the scoreline could have been reversed if the Division One new boys had enjoyed the rub of the green.
We just needed the rub of the green - like the ball to sneak in the corner of the net from Diogo's chance instead of hitting the bar or the post.
Emery's Gunners have been getting the rub of the green on their eight-game win streak, but there's no disguising the quality of the raw materials, or the positive buzz.
Rafa Benitez could do with some rub of the green after the 0-0 at Cardiff.
"We have to improve our scrum reputation if we are going to get the rub of the green on those interpretation calls," said Cheika.