goose-egg

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 definition


  1. n.
    a score of zero. : We got a goose egg in the second inning.
  2. n.
    a bump on the head. : I walked into a door and got a big goose egg on my forehead.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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