One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize that someone is very shy or reticent.
reserved, withdrawn, introverted, restrained, inhibited, diffident, shy, modest, unassuming, shrinking, distant, undemonstrative, wouldn't say boo to a gooseView synonyms
- ‘By now, it was clear he didn't have wits enough to say boo to a goose.’
- ‘When I started, I was just a very quiet north-Kent girl who didn't say boo to a goose.’
- ‘Mrs Dalton, a neighbour, said: ‘She didn't say boo to a goose.’’
- ‘My youngest son wouldn't say boo to a goose and he was absolutely petrified.’
- ‘A gentle soul of a man who wouldn't say boo to a goose.’
- ‘At work neither of them would say boo to the proverbial goose, yet here they are behaving like a couple of irritating street tykes.’
- ‘He may have been a small nervous man who would not say boo to a goose.’
- ‘There should be someone who can say boo to the goose.’
- ‘It turns out that the lad who looks like a no-nonsense squaddie on the park wouldn't say boo to a goose outwith those environs.’
- ‘Before you can say boo to a goose, we enter dangerous ground where relatively harmless differences between people become a cause for complaint and division.’
- ‘‘He was quite a quiet guy who kept himself to himself - you always got the impression he wouldn't say boo to a goose,’ said Mr Hemmings.’
- ‘If I hadn't met him, I'd probably still be cowering in a corner somewhere, refusing to say boo to a goose.’
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