Gone to grass. Dead. The allusion is to the grass which grows
over the dead. Also, “Gone to rusticate,” the allusion being to a horse
which is sent to grass when unfit for work.
Not to let the grass grow under one's feet.
To be very active and energetic.
“Captain Cuttle held on at a great pace, and allowed no grass to grow
under his feet.” —Dickens: Dombey and Son.
To give grass. To confess yourself vanquished.
To be knocked down in a pugilistic encounter is to “go to grass;” to
have the sack is also to go to grass, as a cow which is no longer fit
for milking is sent to pasture.
is a compositor who fills a temporary vacancy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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