Green Gown

(A). A tousel in the new-mown hay. To “give one a green gown” sometimes means to go beyond the bounds of innocent playfulness.

Had any dared to give her [Narcissa] a green gown,
The fair had petrifled him with a frown ...
Pure as the snow was she, and cold as ice.

Peter Pindar: Old Simon.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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