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geese

 (gēs)
n.
Plural of goose.

geese

(ɡiːs)
n
(Animals) the plural of goose1

goose

(gus)

n., pl. geese for 1, 2, 4, 8, 9; goos•es for 5–7; n.
1. any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, esp. of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks.
2. the female of this bird (disting. from gander).
3. the flesh of a goose, used as food.
4. a silly or foolish person; simpleton.
5. Slang.
a. a poke between the buttocks to startle.
b. something that energizes or rouses; a prod.
6. a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
v.t.
7. to poke between the buttocks to startle.
8.
a. to prod or urge to action or reaction.
b. to add strength, vigor, numbers, etc., to (often fol. by up).
Idioms:
cook someone's goose, Informal. to ruin someone's chances or future.
Slang.
[before 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (pl. gēs), c. Old Frisian, Middle Low German gōs, Middle Dutch, Old High German gans, Old Norse gās; akin to Skt haṅsa, Greek chḗn, Latin ānser]
Translations
gosi

goose

(guːs) plural geese (giːs) noun
a web-footed animal like a duck, but larger. The farmer's wife keeps geese.
ˈgoose-flesh noun
, ˈgoosepimples , (American) ˈgoosebumpsnoun plural small bumps on the skin caused by cold or fear.
he etc wouldn't say boo to a goose
he etc is very timid.
References in classic literature ?
Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," said he.
Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the bare slabs of marble.
I should like to know who sold you the geese which you supplied to the Alpha.
Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is still one left in my shop.
Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right-- all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster.
THE GEESE and the Cranes were feeding in the same meadow, when a birdcatcher came to ensnare them in his nets.
And then there was the goose-rancher--a fellow who drove a hundred geese before him about the city, and tried to sell them.
But just before they came to the belt of birch which hid their home, Anne saw a girl who was driving a flock of snow- white geese along the crest of a velvety green hill on the right.
I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine; it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee, I say, in the day of judgment, than for thee, civilized and enlightened gourmand, who nailest geese to the ground and feastest on their bloated livers in thy pate-de-foie-gras.
Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam.
Holly, mistletoe, red berries, ivy, turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, meat, pigs, sausages, oysters, pies, puddings, fruit, and punch, all vanished instantly.
Only one of my geese, happily, makes epigrams--Augustus Pelham, of course," said Mrs.