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goose egg

noun, Informal.
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.
a lump raised by a blow, especially on the head.
Origin of goose egg
1350-1400; 1885-90, Americanism, for def 1; Middle English: the egg of a goose Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In some places almost all the pebbles were as large as a goose-egg, in others none of them exceeded the size of a hazel nut.

  • The patriots were routed, scoring a goose-egg and losing Philadelphia.

  • The next man was neatly struck out, and a goose-egg went up in St. Louis's frame.

  • It was swollen shut, puffed out to the size of a goose-egg, and blue as indigo.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • "goose-egg" on one side matched "goose-egg" on the other until the end of the fifth inning, when the engineer knocked a home-run.

  • On good rich soil, the average size may be that of a goose-egg, which it resembles in form.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • In fact, they goose-egg your chances if another entrant can go the round without so much coaching.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • "Well, a goose-egg you will be unless you go and fetch us the ornament we want," declared Billina, with a joyful chuckle.

    Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The Nome King thought it over and finally consented, for he did not want to be a goose-egg.

    Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum
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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