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; 1885–90, Americanism, for def 1; Middle English: the egg of a goose

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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