Definition of the rub of the green in US English:

the rub of the green

phrase

  • 1Good fortune, especially as determining events in a sporting match.

    ‘we didn't get the rub of the green’
    • ‘Maybe before we didn't get the rub of the green, we didn't play to the final whistle or we didn't plug away enough.’
    • ‘Nevertheless both teams acquitted themselves very well and did the school proud and were somewhat unlucky on the night as they didn't quite get the rub of the green in both matches.’
    • ‘Good defending, excellent goalkeeping and a rub of the green on other occasions had denied East Mayo of the goal they need to boost their hopes.’
    • ‘The Warriors haven't had the rub of the green this season.’
    • ‘We didn't get the rub of the green and I thought that a couple of refereeing decisions were a bit unfair.’
    • ‘We just didn't get the rub of the green but the pleasing thing for me was that we were positive in everything we did and we tried to win the game.’
    • ‘We didn't play particularly well again today, but we are at least now getting the rub of the green.’
    • ‘If it all clicks into place this summer and the rub of the green goes England's way, this could be their time.’
    • ‘If we get the rub of the green then I believe that we really can surprise a few people.’
    • ‘Now we've just got to keep going, keep our fingers crossed and hope we get the rub of the green.’
  • 2Golf
    An accidental or unpredictable influence on the course or position of the ball.