- to prod or urge to action or an emotional reaction: The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
- to strengthen or improve (often followed by up): Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
- to increase; raise (often followed by up): to goose up government loans in weak industries.
- to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.
Idioms about goose
Origin of goose
OTHER WORDS FROM goosegooselike, adjective
Words nearby goose
How to use goose in a sentence
Sandpipers, owls, loons, and geese all go through smaller migrations.A peregrine falcon’s power to migrate may lie in its DNA|Philip Kiefer|March 4, 2021|Popular-Science
Under a giant oak tree, I conducted a phone interview without interruption from my office mates — shrieking kids and nasal-y geese.Was a three-week trip to New Orleans for work or vacation? Both.|Andrea Sachs|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
It’s common to see dozens upon dozens of geese nesting on the side of parkways on Long Island.Four wild animals that are thriving in cities|By Ryan Chelius/Outdoor Life|February 9, 2021|Popular-Science
Fact is, their goose was cooked by going for 2 at the end of the third quarter to turn down 5 into down 3.The Packers Kicked A Field Goal, Josh Allen Had A Bad Day, And The GOAT And Baby GOAT Are Super Bowl-Bound|Sara Ziegler (firstname.lastname@example.org)|January 25, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Every year, millions of bar-headed geese migrate over the Himalayas and have been doing so for millions of years.Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest - Issue 94: Evolving|Walter Murch|December 30, 2020|Nautilus
We had a little goose that was laying golden eggs, and they told us to snip its head off.David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West|Marlow Stern|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wandered around aimlessly for a while, then gave the goose to an acquiescent hippy on a barge.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the men was carrying a carving knife and a live goose.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, Cleese goose-steps out of the dining room as the hapless Germans cringe and sob.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, the big goose egg that the administration is going to get from Iran will more obviously be a zip.Putin Poised to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal|Josh Rogin|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To hear the creature talk about it makes my mouth as a brick kiln and my flesh as that of a goose.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The Kutchin make pretty pipe-stems out of goose-quills wound about with porcupine-quills.
The universal desire was for mamma to see him, and when the time came, she owned that papa's swan had not turned out a goose.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
The declination axis is short, and is supported by a massive goose-neck bolted to the upper end of the polar axis.Photographs of Nebul and Clusters|James Edward Keeler
Of waking dog, nor gaggling goose more waker then the hound.'Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for goose (1 of 2)
- to spoil someone's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
Word Origin for goose
British Dictionary definitions for goose (2 of 2)
Word Origin for goose
Cultural definitions for goose
One's chances are ruined: “After the recent disclosures of foul play, political analysts feel that the candidate's goose is now thoroughly cooked.”
Other Idioms and Phrases with goose
In addition to the idioms beginning with goose
- goose egg
- goose pimples
- cook someone's goose
- gone coon (goose)
- kill the goose that laid the golden eggs
- sauce for the goose
- wild goose chase