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gooseflesh

or goose flesh

noun
1.
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
1375-1425; late Middle English
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Examples from the Web for goose flesh
Historical Examples
  • "And I'm all goose flesh with apprehension," followed Louise.

  • Do not attempt cold bathing when you have "goose flesh" or when your hands and feet are cold.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • I must have looked like a little picked chicken with goose flesh all over me.

  • Who has not felt a shiver of goose flesh, controlled only by an effort of will?

  • The goose flesh riz on old Joe Connoy till you could hang your hat on him anywhere.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • So when I hears him yell for me I don't jump over the desk and get goose flesh up the back.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for goose flesh

goose flesh

noun
1.
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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