- 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
How to use goose in a sentence
“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…” The holidays are upon us and while the parameters of how we mark the season may have changed, many of the melodic celebrations are still taking place – only differently.
It includes a blue heron, a flying goose, a sunflower and a fox — all creatures and foliage you can find in the Bombay Hook wildlife refuge.In Delaware, a new Instagram-friendly driving trail spotlights local artists and sites|Andrea Sachs|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
He is a red-hot Republican, and in his box score the New Deal is just so many goose eggs.The strange, one-of-a-kind political campaign that almost landed Walter Johnson in Congress|Frederic J. Frommer|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
After three hours of unencumbered mountain bliss, I was feeling brave, so I stripped down and leapt into the freezing water, sending a shock through my system that covered my whole body in goose bumps.Alpine Lake Spotting at Rocky Mountain National Park|Emily Pennington|October 16, 2020|Outside Online
Because geese are larger, they also produce larger down clusters, and larger clusters create higher fill-power numbers.How to Layer for Outdoor Dining This Fall and Winter|Wes Siler|October 14, 2020|Outside Online
This is a family that is famous for being famous, with notoriety goosed by the occasional well-placed sex scandal.Charlie Sheen's "Winning" Streak: Celebrity Gossip Is Making Us Stupid|John Avlon|January 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In their raging cynicism they were happy to go along with the con, so long as it goosed their own returns.
The plane bounced wildly, but he goosed the engine, and checked a disastrous second meeting with the wind-swept ground.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front|R. Sidney Bowen
He was goosed last night, he was goosed the night before last, he was goosed to-day.Hard Times|Charles Dickens
He goosed it four more times, but only got two boosts as a result.Spillthrough|Daniel F. Galouye
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