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loose as a goose

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loose as a goose

adjective phrase

  1. (also loosey-goosey) Very relaxed; perfectly easy; cool: loose-as-a-goose, completely relaxed on the field/ a big party place; people slept with each other, it was loosey-goosey (1950s+ Cool talk)
  2. Of a car engine, needing new bearings and other repairs (1950s+ Hot rodders)

[probably both fr the rhyme and the perception that a goose has loose bowels; first sense may be related to an earlier ''weak, flimsy,'' with the notion of ''loosely articulated,'' hence relaxed to the point of languor]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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