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green thumb

an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully:
Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.
Origin of green thumb
First recorded in 1940-45
Related forms
green-thumbed, adjective
green-thumber, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for green thumb

green thumb

(US & Canadian) considerable talent or ability to grow plants Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) green fingers
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green thumb in Culture

green thumb definition

A knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy: “All my houseplants are in sorry shape; it's clear I don't have a green thumb.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with green thumb

green thumb

A knack for making plants grow well, as in Just look at Louise's plants—she really has a green thumb. This term presumably alludes to the stained fingers of an avid gardener. [ First half of 1900s ]
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