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bowling green

noun
  1. a level, closely mowed green for lawn bowling.
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Origin of bowling green

First recorded in 1640–50

Bowling Green

noun
  1. a city in S Kentucky.
  2. a city in NW Ohio.
  3. a small open area near the S tip of Manhattan in New York City, at the foot of Broadway.
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bowling on the green

noun
  1. lawn bowling.
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lawn bowling

noun
  1. a game played with wooden balls on a level, closely mowed green having a slight bias, the object being to roll one's ball as near as possible to a smaller white ball at the other end of the green.Also called bowls, bowling on the green.Compare bowl2(def 2), bowling green, jack1(def 7), rink(def 5).
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Origin of lawn bowling

First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for bowling-green

Historical Examples

  • He devoted his time to receiving visitors, the bowling-green, and the chess-table.

    England, Picturesque and Descriptive

    Joel Cook

  • They paused at the bowling-green and played a game which Evander won.

    The Lady of Loyalty House

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • Recollect the countryman at the Bowling-green at York—ha, ha!

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • The old Bowling-green is one of the pleasantest inns in Cheshire.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • May Terrace was built on the bowling-green (circa 1824 and later).


British Dictionary definitions for bowling-green

bowling green

noun
  1. an area of closely mown turf on which the game of bowls is played
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