any sign of growth, recovery, renewal
association with plant growth
Although Newark faces enormous challenges, there are green shoots sprouting up all over the city.
It was in the springtime, and green shoots and leaves hung from the grapevine rope.
The trees serve as a roof, their green shoots melting into the sky.
They looked like green shoots which might turn into anything.
His body was weary, and his heart sick within him, but the green shoots fell thick and fast.
Mark Jorden shaded his eyes and squinted critically over the even stand of green shoots emerging from the bronzed soil.
Most of the seeds sprouted and grew, and soon the dark brown earth was covered by green shoots and trailing sprays.
She always had a few twigs or green shoots in water—let the winter rage without as it might.
Won't it be great when the chastened New Race springs up, like green shoots at the passing of winter?
Cut some green shoots of elder early in the spring, clear away the bark, and put two good handfuls into a quart of thick cream.