- give it the herbs, Australian Slang. to use full power, especially in accelerating a car.
Origin of herb
- a male given name, form of Herbert.
Examples from the Web for herb
The flowers and leaves of this herb are used to make medications and the supplement is popularly used for depression.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
And the herb has a huge following: almost 13 percent of Vermont residents report using in the last month.From Dry to High: Your Guide to State Pot Laws
January 29, 2014
Later, Herb decides that the story about how he made up that story is just as good.Intriguing, Humorous, Even Poetic: Peter Orner’s New Story Collection
August 13, 2013
Herb Boyd on the outrageous abundance of police brutality and, once again, the lack of justice for black Americans.Not This Again: The Ghost of Past Injustices, From the Draft Riots to Trayvon
July 15, 2013
Years ago, Ben Stein published a sweet eulogy for his departed father, the economist Herb Stein.How to Be a Racing Pirate King
May 21, 2013
Mary put her patient "to-rights," and set some herb drink on the back of the stove.Tiverton Tales
She made a feint of accepting the herb, and then pointed to him and to the road.Meadow Grass
And I crossed the water on the shoe, picked the herb and ate it.The Chinese Fairy Book
The dispelling of the charm was just the natural physical action of the herb.
A curious instance of the value of the herb in this respect occurred in 1760.
- a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant
- any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine
- (as modifier)a herb garden
- Caribbean a slang term for marijuana
Word Origin and History for herb
c.1300, erbe "non-woody plant," from Old French erbe "grass, herb, plant" (12c.), from Latin herba "grass, an herb, herbage, turf." Refashioned after Latin since 15c., but the h- was mute until 19c. Slang meaning "marijuana" is attested from 1960s.
- A flowering plant whose stem does not produce woody tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. Both grasses and forbs are herbs.