• synonyms

gooseberry bush

  1. See gooseberry (def. 1)
  2. under a gooseberry bush used humorously in answering children's questions regarding their birth
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Examples from the Web for gooseberry bush

Historical Examples

  • Off he went to a gooseberry-bush, scratched up the key, and brought it to her.

    Dog Breaking

    William Nelson Hutchinson

  • He does not profit by them; almost always remains concealed in a gooseberry-bush, dreaming and listening.

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

  • This bag, which I had safely buried under a gooseberry-bush, has been taken up by some thief, and all my money stolen.

    Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales

    Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

  • They breed in most parts of the Bay, always make their nests on the ground, at the root of a dwarf willow or a gooseberry-bush.

  • Not a house, not a romantic spot could he imagine without its gooseberry-bush.