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 Green Linnets.Green Room (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Green Man.
 
This public-house sign represents the gamekeeper, who used at one time to be dressed in green.   1
       
“But the ‘Green Man shall I pass by unsung,
Which mine own James upon his sign-post hung?
His sign, his image—for he once was seen
A squire’s attendant, clad in keeper’s green.”
       
Crabbe: Borough.
   The men who let off fireworks were called Green-men in the reign of James I.   2
        “Have you any squibs, any green-man in your shows?”—The Seven Champions of Christendom.
 


 Green Linnets.Green Room (The). 

 
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