Well,” Orlean adds upon taking stock of this impressive roster, “there may be some geese soon, too.
A woody hillside, populated by my pet chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl, trying to find their missing feathers.
Nut oils are expensive and go south faster than geese in winter.
“That is very good advice if you happen to be attacked by a flock of geese,” Cruz said to laughs.
Buy them—nut oils, that is, not geese—in small quantities and use them quickly.
The geese too seemed to want to join in the game; it was fine fun, I can tell you.
And who's to be moindin' the geese, if you and Tommie was to go off after the cows?
During the opening months of 1915 geese made a habit of congregating here in unusual numbers.
Well, then I'll tend to my geese and tend 'em good, so I will.
Following the geese, the hunting of which has been so fully described in a previous chapter, came the ducks in great flocks.
"a large waterfowl proverbially noted, I know not why, for foolishness" [Johnson], Old English gos, from Proto-Germanic *gans- "goose" (cf. Old Frisian gos, Old Norse gas, Old High German gans, German Gans "goose"), from PIE *ghans- (cf. Sanskrit hamsah (masc.), hansi (fem.), "goose, swan;" Greek khen; Latin anser; Polish gęś "goose;" Lithuanian zasis "goose;" Old Irish geiss "swan"), probably imitative of its honking.
Spanish ganso "goose" is from a Germanic source. Loss of "n" sound is normal before "s." Plural form geese is an example of i-mutation.
Meaning "simpleton" is from 1540s. To cook one's goose first attested 1845, of unknown origin; attempts to connect it to Swedish history and Greek fables have been unconvincing. Goose egg "zero" first attested 1866 in baseball slang. The goose that laid the golden egg is from Aesop.
"jab in the rear," c.1880, from goose (n.), possibly from resemblance of the upturned thumb to a goose's beak. Related: Goosed; goosing. In 19c. theatrical slang, to be goosed meant "to be hissed" (by 1818).
[fr the presumed prodding action of an angry goose; influenced by an earlier sense, ''to do the sex act to; screw,'' where the instrument is a tailor's goose, a smoothing iron with a curved handle, found by 1690]