grass

[ gras, grahs ]
/ græs, grɑs /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to feed on growing grass; graze.
to produce grass; become covered with grass.

Nearby words

  1. grasp (clutch) at straws,
  2. grasp at straws,
  3. grasp reflex,
  4. grasping,
  5. graspingly,
  6. grass box,
  7. grass carp,
  8. grass cloth,
  9. grass court,
  10. grass family

Idioms

    go to grass, to retire from one's occupation or profession: Many executives lack a sense of purpose after they have gone to grass.
    let the grass grow under one's feet, to delay action, progress, etc.; become slack in one's efforts.

Origin of grass

before 900; Middle English gras, Old English græs; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic gras; akin to grow, green

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for let the grass grow under one's feet

grass

/ (ɡrɑːs) /

noun

verb

See also grass up

Derived Formsgrassless, adjectivegrasslike, adjective

Word Origin for grass

Old English græs; related to Old Norse, Gothic, Old High German gras, Middle High German gruose sap

Grass

/ (German ɡras) /

noun

Günter (Wilhelm) (ˈɡyntər). born 1927, German novelist, dramatist, and poet. His novels include The Tin Drum (1959), Dog Years (1963), The Rat (1986), Crabwalk (2002), and Peeling the Onion (2007). Nobel prize for literature 1999
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Word Origin and History for let the grass grow under one's feet

grass

n.

Old English græs, gærs "herb, plant, grass," from Proto-Germanic grasan (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German, German, Gothic gras, Swedish gräs), from PIE *ghros- "young shoot, sprout," from root *ghre- "to grow, become green" (related to grow and green).

As a color name (especially grass-green, Old English græsgrene) by c.1300. Sense of "marijuana" is first recorded 1938, American English. Hawaiian grass skirt attested from 1937; keep off the grass by 1850.

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Science definitions for let the grass grow under one's feet

grass

[ grăs ]

Any of a large family (Gramineae or Poaceae) of monocotyledonous plants having narrow leaves, hollow stems, and clusters of very small, usually wind-pollinated flowers. Grasses include many varieties of plants grown for food, fodder, and ground cover. Wheat, maize, sugar cane, and bamboo are grasses. See more at leaf.
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Idioms and Phrases with let the grass grow under one's feet

let the grass grow under one's feet

see don't let the grass grow under one's feet.

grass

In addition to the idioms beginning with grass

  • grass is always greener on the other side, the
  • grass widow

also see:

  • don't let the grass grow under one's feet
  • put out to grass
  • snake in the grass
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