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a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.
Origin of gooseflesh
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for goose flesh
  • My teeth chattered, my skin turned to goose flesh, my knees knocked.
  • Immediately the goose flesh erupts upon my gale-swept flanks.
  • Prominent goose flesh in waves and elicited by touch.
British Dictionary definitions for goose flesh

goose flesh

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 Also called goose bumps, goose pimples, goose skin
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