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goose flesh

noun
1.
a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Also, gooseflesh.
Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English
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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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