a green banana

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    Chuck snapped the book closed. ‘There. Last one in the pool’s a green banana.’
    Source: The Dead Zone by Stephen King
    Context: Johnny is Chuck’s reading private teacher. They are having a lesson next to the swimming pool.

    What does the idiom a green banana mean? a loser?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Language Hound Senior Member

    American English
    It's not really an idiom. A green banana is just an unripe banana.
    As kids, often before racing somewhere (to the car, to the pool, etc.), we would say "Last one in is a rotten egg."
    Clearly, the last one is the one who loses the race or contest and is therefore categorized as something undesirable, like
    a rotten egg or a green (unripe) banana.
     

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