goose egg


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goose egg

n. Slang
1. Zero, especially when written as a numeral to indicate that no points have been scored.
2. A swelling or lump, especially one caused by being struck.
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goose′ egg`


n.
the numeral zero, esp. as a score in a game.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goose egg - a quantity of no importancegoose egg - 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"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
nihil - (Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ); "nihil habet"
Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
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References in classic literature ?
"'Tis one of them Yale lads celebratin' the goose egg they give to the Hartford College.
As a matter of fact, the new-laid egg is but little larger than an ordinary goose egg, and as it does not commence to grow until subjected to the light of the sun the chieftains have little difficulty in transporting several hundreds of them at one time from the storage vaults to the incubators.
A goose egg is about two to three times larger than a hen's egg and good for omelettes as one goes a long way.
The Spartans had a goose egg on the board until the bottom of the sixth.
With another goose egg in that category against the Jets, the Penguins now have just three 5-on-5 goals in their last six games.
'It's just so nice to get rid of that goose egg and put one on the win column,' added Compton.
"She's a Rhode Island hen, so a normal, typical, hen, she normally lays pretty average, mid-sized eggs but this one was more like a duck egg or a goose egg I think.
It was his third goose egg of the season, which is also tops in school history.
In conclusion, this preliminary investigation demonstrating the presence of ABV RNA in the yolk of a Canada goose egg provides the first evidence for the potential for vertical transmission of ABV in waterfowl.
And in another radical change-up, Jamie "Lil' Fucky" Tancowny split from the big goose egg for the stress-free .
Apart from the well-evidenced goose-cap, such lexicographic sources as the BDPF, CNPDSUE, DASCE, OED, RDMASUE and TTEM dictionaries register the compound goose egg, which surfaced in the 19th century in A.E.