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goose pimples

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plural noun
  1. goose bumps.
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Origin of goose pimples

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsgoose-pim·ply, adjective
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Examples from the Web for goose pimples

Historical Examples

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

    The Best Ghost Stories

    Various

  • 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

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

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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


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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