be green

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be green

1. To be very young, immature, or inexperienced. Are you sure he's fit to run your campaign? He's very green—I mean, he only graduated from college six months ago. Please don't accept any applications from candidates who are too green. I need an experienced executive secretary, not someone who still needs their diapers changed. The new interns are pretty green, but hopefully they're quick learners.
2. To be very naïve. The con artist could tell the mark was green from a mile off.
3. To be environmentally conscious or designed not to have an adverse impact on the environment. This year, our department is trying to focus on all the ways we can be more green.
4. To be envious of someone else. A: "What do you think of the new car?" B: "I'm delighted for you, but I'm definitely quite green!" When I was a kid, I threw my brother's birthday cake on the floor because I was green with envy that it wasn't my birthday.
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