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goose egg

noun, Informal.
1.
the numeral zero, often used to indicate the failure of a team to score in a game or unit of a game:
a pitchers' duel, with nothing but goose eggs on the scoreboard.
2.
a lump raised by a blow, especially on the head.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1885-90, Americanism, for def 1; Middle English: the egg of a goose
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Examples from the web for goose egg
  • They are dull white or pale blue in color and roughly the size of a goose egg.
  • The goose egg addling program is well established as a regular activity in many parks and will be expanded as warranted.
  • They are dull white in color and about the size of a goose egg.
Slang definitions & phrases for goose egg

goose egg

noun phrase

Zero; nothing; a score of zero; zilch: My contribution appears to have been a great big goose egg (1866+ Baseball)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with goose egg

goose egg

Zero, nothing, especially a score of zero. For example, Our team did badly, earning goose egg, or My income from writing this year was goose egg. This expression is an Americanization of the earlier British duck's egg. [ Mid-1800s ]
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