Definition of wouldn't say boo to a goose in US English:

wouldn't say boo to a goose

phrase

  • Used to emphasize that someone is very shy or reticent.

    • ‘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.’
    reserved, withdrawn, introverted, restrained, inhibited, diffident, shy, modest, unassuming, shrinking, distant, undemonstrative, wouldn't say boo to a goose
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