gone coon, a

Also, a gone goose. A person in a hopeless situation, one who is doomed; a dead duck. For example, When he passed me, I knew I was a gone goose. These terms have survived such synonyms as gone chick, gone beaver, gone horse, and gone gander. Stephen Crane used the first in The Red Badge of Courage (1894): “I'm a gone coon this first time.” [Slang; early 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. gondomar,
  2. gondwana,
  3. gondwanaland,
  4. gone,
  5. gone away,
  6. gone goose,
  7. gone with the wind,
  8. gonecyst,
  9. gonecystolith,
  10. goneness

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