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bowling green

a level, closely mowed green for lawn bowling.
Origin of bowling green

Bowling Green

a city in S Kentucky.
a city in NW Ohio.
a small open area near the S tip of Manhattan in New York City, at the foot of Broadway.

bowling on the green


lawn bowling

a game played with wooden balls on a level, closely mowed green having a slight bias, the object being to roll one's ball as near as possible to a smaller white ball at the other end of the green.
Also called bowls, bowling on the green.
Compare bowl2 (def 2), bowling green, jack1 (def 7), rink (def 5).
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gradually the bowling-green, the butts for archery, and the tennis-courts were provided by several colleges.

    The Coming of the Friars Augustus Jessopp
  • They paused at the bowling-green and played a game which Evander won.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • His Don Giovanni and the Requiem were written in a bowling-green and a garden.

  • He devoted his time to receiving visitors, the bowling-green, and the chess-table.

  • In the summer he was often at the bowling-green, and took long walks with his friends, male and female.

  • The bowling-green seems to be to the right, between the two rows of trees.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • The pale clothing of the morning was spread out, dimly creased with shadow, over the bowling-green.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • I could tell by this motion he did not look to find anyone in the bowling-green at that hour.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • By Jove, you mean that he will go out at the far end by the bowling-green?

    The Red House Mystery A. A. Milne
  • A charming greenery of old English gardens was the bowling-green.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for bowling-green

bowling green

an area of closely mown turf on which the game of bowls is played
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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