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green thumb

noun
1.
an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully:
Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
Related forms
green-thumbed, adjective
green-thumber, noun
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Examples from the web for green thumb
  • Emphasizes proper preparation and care for gardening success without a green thumb.
  • When it comes to cultivating a green thumb, gardeners perhaps need only look to their urinals and fireplaces.
  • And try your best at being a green thumb to learn about growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs.
  • The terraced, fenced yard provides privacy and an opportunity to flex your green thumb or barbecue on the patio.
British Dictionary definitions for green thumb

green thumb

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) considerable talent or ability to grow plants Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) green fingers
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green thumb in Culture

green thumb definition


A knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy: “All my houseplants are in sorry shape; it's clear I don't have a green thumb.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with green thumb

green thumb

A knack for making plants grow well, as in Just look at Louise's plants—she really has a green thumb. This term presumably alludes to the stained fingers of an avid gardener. [ First half of 1900s ]
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