from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England, formerly, the counting-house of the king's household: so called from the green cloth on the table at which the officials sat.


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  • He taps his wooden leg under the green-cloth table.


  • His elbows were on the piano, which was sideways on to the wall, so that its green-cloth back was visible.

    Maigret Stonewalled

  • Graham found himself in the little inner vestry, with its green-cloth table and massive inkstand and registers, and began to unvest mechanically.

    Simon Called Peter

  • The days of the _chasse à courre_ the gentlemen appear in red coats and the ladies in green-cloth dresses.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • If there is a hunt, the ladies wear their green-cloth costumes and the gentlemen wear their hunting gear (a red coat, velvet cap, and top-boots).

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • Carlo -- with its azure sky, its deep blue sea, its verdant green-cloth table land, its delightful _promenades à pied_, and its frisky

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 8, 1893

  • Mr. Dunbar went to one of the windows, drew back the green-cloth curtain, unbarred the heavy shutters, and let the grey morning light into the room.

    Henry Dunbar A Novel

  • In the roof were two oil lamps which gave a light strong enough to read by; each had a green-cloth attachment by which it could be covered when the light should be no longer needed.

    Following the Equator

  • "Some of these seem older friends than others," says Waterford, pointing to a corner where several unbound tattered works break the ranks of green-cloth gilt-lettered volumes.

    Reginald Cruden A Tale of City Life

  • The men had put on their blue smocks over their new frock-coats or over their old dress-coats of green-cloth, the two tails of which hung down below their blouses.

    Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant


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