from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Of a yellowishgreen hue like that of a voung goose, or the hue itself.


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  • But when old Mrs. Lyburn, a woman who can no more design a suit of clothes than a theatre-ceiling fresco, is commissioned to make him a coat out of an old goose-green overcoat, and a pair of trousers out of some thick, old light cloth breeches, and when she cuts the legs of those breeches off at top and bottom, leaving them broad enough for a

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878 Various

  • Well, I did see him on the goose-green towards post-time, and I saw what he meant.

    The Belfry May Sinclair 1904

  • He got through the early part of the season better than we feared, and I went down in great elation to spend Christmas on the goose-green.

    Embarrassments Henry James 1879

  • Stanhope Gardens like a mere maidservant, with restrictions on her very luggage, while during the year that followed this upheaval Limbert, strolling with me on the goose-green, to which I often ran down, played extravagantly over the theme that with what he was now going in for it was a positive comfort not to have the social kaleidoscope.

    Embarrassments Henry James 1879

  • Mrs. Stannace, who altogether disapproved of it, gave as one of her reasons that her son-in-law, living mainly in a village on the edge of a goose-green, would be deprived of that contact with the great world which was indispensable to the painter of manners.

    Embarrassments Henry James 1879

  • But the kaleidoscope of the goose-green, what in the world was that, and what such delusive thrift as drives about the land (with a fearful account for flys from the inn) to leave cards on the country magnates?

    Embarrassments Henry James 1879

  • She came down to the goose-green like Lear himself, with fewer knights, or at least baronets, and the joint household was at last patched up.

    Embarrassments Henry James 1879


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