George a' Green
As good as George a' Green. Resolute-minded; one who will do
his duty come what may. George a' Green was the famous pinder or
pound-keeper of Wakefield, who resisted Robin Hood, Will Scarlett, and
Little John single-handed when they attempted to commit a trespass in
Were ye bold as George-a-Green,
I shall make bold to turn again.
Samuel Butler: Hudibras.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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