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gooseberry bush

See gooseberry (sense 1)
under a gooseberry bush, used humorously in answering children's questions regarding their birth
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  • Luckily currants don't have thorns, for if it had been a gooseberry bush she would have plunged her bare arms in just the same.

    In the Mountains Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Ten minutes later, trundling it down a cinder path, his eye fell on an object lying beneath a gooseberry bush.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Some say he's so wropped up in his garden truck that he don't know a gal from a gooseberry bush.

    "Some Say" Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • He crawled up a gooseberry bush and saw many yellow barrels hanging among the leaves.

    Little Tom V. Tille
  • After this it is not impossible that a gooseberry bush may be found available machinery for adding to the interest of a tale.

  • It was a very large and very ugly caterpillar, hanging to a twig of the gooseberry bush.

  • The great soldier Napoleon Smith instantly effected a retreat in masterly fashion behind a gooseberry bush.

  • Dodo adhered to the gooseberry bush theory, and would not budge from her position.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • Hang me to a gooseberry bush if I do not tell Anna Pappenheim of it ere to-morrow's sunset.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • The mother came on her little son who was standing thoughtfully before the gooseberry bush in the garden.

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