the rub of the green

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.’
See also: green, of, rub
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I'VE always adhered to that saying you make your own luck but Shamrock Rovers haven't been getting the rub of the green in a number of big games this season.
We've not been having the rub of the green and it's one of those seasons were there are a lot of things going against us - decisions haven't gone our way and again for Watford's goal it probably wasn't a corner - but at the same time we're not helping ourselves with the way we're playing.
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.
A DISALLOWED try, yellow and red cards and agonising missed kicks - the rub of the green remains far from the grasp of Broadstreet RFC.
"The lads have not worked any less than they have the last few weeks but you do need the rub of the green.
THORNABY Village Bowling Club got the rub of the green from a funeral firm, after it gifted the group with some new equipment.
Barry Wilson insisted Elgin never got the rub of the green after Paul Watson's speculative strike won it for Montrose.
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.
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."
"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.