(a nautical phrase). Inferior sailors, also called boys. A crew
is divided into (1) Able seamen;
(2) Ordinary seamen; and (3) Green hands or boys. The term “boys”
has no reference to age, but merely skill and knowledge in seamanship.
Here “green” means not ripe, not mature.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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