E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Verdant Green; a newly-enlisted soldier; an adult apprentice in the ship-trade.
The impulse given to ship-building by the continental war, induced employers to take persons as apprentices who had already passed their majority. This class of men-apprentices, generally from remote towns, were called Johnny Raws by the fraternity.C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 73.