Idiom – Green fingers.

Meaning – This expression is used to describe someone who is a highly skilled gardener.

This expression is British English and is common in the UK and Australia. In the US a skilled gardener would be more commonly known as a green thumb.

Idioms with the Colour Green:

  • Green – Paper money.
  • Green about the gills – To feel nauseous. 
  • Green as grass – Very green.
  • Green as a gooseberry – To be very young or inexperienced.
  • Green light – To give someone permission to proceed with something.
  • Green-eyed monster – Jealousy.


When could you use this idiom?

  • You visit an amazing garden.
  • Somebody is teaching you how to look after plants.
  • You are watching a television program about gardening.
  • A friend is an expert gardener!


  • “Your garden is humongous but it looks amazing! You definitely have green fingers!”

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  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.