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jack-in-the-green

noun
  1. (in England, formerly) a man who wore or supported a leaf-covered wooden framework while dancing in May-Day celebrations
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Examples from the Web for jack-in-the-green

Historical Examples

  • If you ask who he is, you will be told that he is a chimney-sweep, called 'Jack-in-the-Green.'

    Chatterbox, 1906

    Various

  • Miss Aynton's chef-d'oeuvre reminded him, it seems, of Jack-in-the-Green.

  • Why, you're covered with laurel, boy, like Jack-in-the-Green.

    Rose MacLeod

    Alice Brown

  • The only traces of the old custom of going a-Maying were the garlands of the milk-maids and the Jack-in-the-green of the sweeps.

  • If you cannot escape like a philosopher into a forest, at least you can carry the forest with you, like a Jack-in-the-Green.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton