grass stain

grass stain
 Slight damage or signs of strenuous effort. In baseball, the players who have played usually have dirty uniforms, including grass stains, while those who sat on the bench have clean uniforms.
 ► “Because we PLAYED BALL, we came through with a few grass stains but no serious injuries.” (Wall Street Journal, June 17, 1996, p. A14)

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