goose pimples


plural noun

Origin of goose pimples

First recorded in 1885–90

Related forms

goose-pim·ply, adjective
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Examples from the Web for goose pimples

  • An' he jes cogitate', “Dey ain't no ghosts,” an' wish' he goose-pimples don't rise up dat way.

    Humorous Ghost Stories|Dorothy Scarborough
  • An' he jes cogitate, "Dey ain't no ghosts," an' wish he goose-pimples don't rise up dat way.

  • An' he jes cogitate', "Dey ain't no ghosts," an' wish' he goose-pimples don't rise up dat way.

  • I dimly knew about that period, but Barbara explained it in a way that made me get goose-pimples.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow

Idioms and Phrases with goose pimples

goose pimples

Also, goose bumps or flesh. Temporary rough skin caused by small raised bumps. For example, Horror movies always give me goose pimples, or She tends to get goose bumps whenever she goes to the dentist. This expression likens the skin of a plucked goose to the condition of human skin when a person is cold or afraid. [Early 1800s]


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