not say boo to a goose

not say boo to a goose
To be extremely timid
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Main Entry:boo

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not say boo to a ˈgoose idiom
(BrE) (NAmE not say boo to ˈanyone) to be very shy or gentle

He's so nervous he wouldn't say boo to a goose.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • not say boo to anyone — not say boo to a ˈgoose idiom (BrE) (NAmE not say boo to ˈanyone) to be very shy or gentle • He s so nervous he wouldn t say boo to a goose. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • say boo to a goose, could (would) not —  Is very timid, say it with flowers  Convey a message with a gift of flowers. Convey a message pleasantly and politely …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • goose, not say boo to a —  Be very timid …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • someone wouldn't say boo to a goose — someone wouldn’t say boo to a goose british informal phrase used for saying that someone is very quiet and shy Thesaurus: not confident or shy and easily embarrassedsynonym confidence and pride Main entry: boo …   Useful english dictionary

  • boo — expression meant to startle, early 15c., boh, A combination of consonant and vowel especially fitted to produce a loud and startling sound [OED, which compares L. boare, Gk. boaein to cry aloud, roar, shout. ]; as an expression of disapproval,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • say — 1 /seI/ verb past tense and past participle said /sed/ 3rd person singular says USE WORDS 1 WORD/SOUND (T) to pronounce a word or sound: “What did you say?” | “I m so tired” she said. | say hello/goodbye etc: She left without even saying goodbye …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • boo — 1 verb (I, T) 1 to shout boo to show that you do not like a person, performance, idea etc: Some of the audience started booing. 2 boo sb off (stage) to shout boo until a performer leaves the stage: His jokes were so bad he got booed off stage. 2… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • say — say1 W1S1 [seı] v past tense and past participle said [sed] third person singular says [sez] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(express something in words)¦ 2¦(give information)¦ 3¦(mean)¦ 4¦(think that something is true)¦ 5¦(show/be a sign of something)¦ 6¦(speak the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boo — boo1 [bu:] v [I and T] to shout boo to show that you do not like a person, performance, idea etc ▪ Some of the audience started booing. ▪ She was booed off stage (=they shouted boo until she left the stage) . boo 2 boo2 interjection [Date: 1800… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boo — I UK [buː] / US [bu] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms boo : present tense I/you/we/they boo he/she/it boos present participle booing past tense booed past participle booed to shout at a speaker or performer, to show that you disagree… …   English dictionary


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