goose flesh

noun
a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Also, gooseflesh.
Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English

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goose flesh
 
n
goose bumps, goose pimples, Also called: goose skin the bumpy condition of the skin induced by cold, fear, etc, caused by contraction of the muscles at the base of the hair follicles with consequent erection of papillae: so called because of the resemblance to the skin of a freshly-plucked fowl

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goose bumps pl.n.
Momentary roughness of the skin caused by erection of the papillae in response to cold or fear. Also called cutis anserina, goose flesh, goose pimples.

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Example sentences
She's never experienced an earthquake so the whole thing gave her goose bumps.
They span mysterious depths, soar to giddy heights, raise a few goose bumps of
  fear at the slight risk of crossing.
Goose bumps raise the hairs on the body to form a layer of insulation.
The thought of it is enough to give you goose bumps.
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