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 Grapes.Grass Widow 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Grass.
 
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.   1
   Not to let the grass grow under one’s feet. To be very active and energetic.   2
        “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.   3
   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.   4
   A grass-hand is a compositor who fills a temporary vacancy.   5
 


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