goose egg

goose egg
noun Date: 1866 zero, nothing; especially a score of zero in a game or contest

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  • Goose egg — 1. In games, a zero; a score or record of naught; so named in allusion to the egglike outline of the zero sign 0. Called also {duck egg}. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A bump on the skin caused by a blow, especially one on the head. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goose-egg — gooseˈ egg noun 1. The egg of a goose 2. A swelling on the head due to an injury (N American) 3. A zero score (US) • • • Main Entry: ↑goose …   Useful english dictionary

  • goose egg — goose′ egg n. inf the numeral zero, esp. as a score in a game …   From formal English to slang

  • goose egg — n. Slang ☆ 1. zero or a score of zero 2. a large swelling or lump, esp. one caused by a blow …   English World dictionary

  • goose egg — noun a quantity of no importance it looked like nothing I had ever seen before reduced to nil all the work we had done we racked up a pathetic goose egg it was all for naught I didn t hear zilch about it • Syn: ↑nothing, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • goose egg — 1. n. a score of zero. □ We got a goose egg in the second inning. □ It was double goose eggs for the final score. 2. n. a bump on the head. □ Youve got quite a goose egg there. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • goose egg — noun a) Zero; nothing. I missed every question on the quiz and got a goose egg. b) A swelling or bump on the head …   Wiktionary

  • goose egg — zero, no score, skunked    They got three goals. We got the goose egg …   English idioms

  • goose egg — n. zero; score of zero. My score on the test: goose egg …   English slang

  • goose egg — 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, esp. on the head. [1350 1400; 1885 90,… …   Universalium

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