goose

[ goos ]
/ gus /

noun, plural geese for 1, 2, 4, 8; goos·es for 5–7.

verb (used with object), goosed, goos·ing.

Slang. to poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
Informal.
  1. to prod or urge to action or an emotional reaction: The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
  2. to strengthen or improve (often followed by up): Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
  3. to increase; raise (often followed by up): to goose up government loans in weak industries.
  4. to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.

Idioms plural geese.

    cook someone's goose, Informal. to ruin someone's hopes, plans, chances, etc.: His goose was cooked when they found the stolen gems in his pocket.

Origin of goose

before 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (plural gēs); cognate with German Gans, Old Norse gās; compare Sanskrit haṅsa, Greek chḗn, Latin ānser
Related formsgoose·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cook someone's goose (1 of 2)

goose

1
/ (ɡuːs) /

noun plural geese (ɡiːs)

Word Origin for goose

Old English gōs; related to Old Norse gās, Old High German gans, Old Irish gēiss swan, Greek khēn, Sanskrit hainsas

British Dictionary definitions for cook someone's goose (2 of 2)

goose

2
/ (ɡuːs) slang /

verb

(tr) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind

noun plural gooses

a playful prod in the behind

Word Origin for goose

C19: from goose 1, probably from a comparison with the jabbing of a goose's bill
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Idioms and Phrases with cook someone's goose (1 of 2)

cook someone's goose


Ruin someone, upset someone's plans. For example, He thinks he'll get away with stealing my idea, but I'm going to cook his goose. The origin of this phrase has been lost, but there are numerous fanciful theories; one concerns a besieged town that displayed a goose to show it had enough food, causing the attackers to set it on fire. The first recorded use of this colloquial phrase was in 1851.

Idioms and Phrases with cook someone's goose (2 of 2)

goose


In addition to the idioms beginning with goose

  • goose egg
  • goose pimples

also see:

  • cook someone's goose
  • gone coon (goose)
  • kill the goose that laid the golden eggs
  • sauce for the goose
  • wild goose chase
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