goose egg

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n goose 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Goose egg A bump on the skin caused by a blow, especially one on the head.
    • Goose egg 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.
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Quotations

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    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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    “The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.”
  • Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street Journal
    “Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married”

Idioms

Kill the goose that lays the golden egg - If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you ruin something that is very profitable.
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Usage

In literature:

The hen's egg gaes to the ha' to bring the goose's egg awa.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
That would be killing the goose that gave the golden eggs.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
I've laid my eggs in my own nest, and not at the Blue Goose.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Abe, scared now nearly 2 death, stood there with his ize biggern sassers & whitern goose-eggs.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
You are the little goose that lays me the golden eggs.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
But that's a regular goose-egg, isn't it?
"Boys of The Fort" by Ralph Bonehill
And he had found the goose with golden eggs innumerable, waiting to be picked up.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Why, you'd kill a goose that laid golden eggs!
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
When the goose is in the egg-shell, there is no bone; When the cherry is in the blossom, there is no stone.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
He's got a mighty goose-egg on his head.
"The Legion of Lazarus" by Edmond Hamilton
He is the goose that lays the golden egg.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The Nome King thought it over and finally consented, for he did not want to be a goose-egg.
"Ozma of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
In some places almost all the pebbles were as large as a goose-egg, in others none of them exceeded the size of a hazel nut.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Its nest is a heap of earth; its eggs are larger than those of a goose.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Yes, this discovery may be the goose that lays the golden eggs for me.
"Pride" by Eugène Sue
A goose usually lays from twelve to eighteen or twenty eggs and then goes broody.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
They are regretting that, in the language of the story, they killed the goose that lay the golden eggs.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
His idea is that I am above all money troubles, and if I try him it will be like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
"King of the Castle" by George Manville Fenn
He's the goose that laid the golden egg!
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
Hers was not a nature ever to make the mistake of killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.
"Consequences" by E. M. Delafield
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In poetry:

News-hunting turkeys from afar
Now ran with all thin legs
To gobble facts and fictions of
The goose with golden eggs.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
And here she paused to smooth her plumes,
Ruffled by many plagues;
When suddenly arose the cry,
"This goose lays golden eggs."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
I've got a stubborn goose whose gut's
Honeycombed with golden eggs,
Yet won't lay one.
She, addled in her goose-wit, struts
The barnyard like those taloned hags
Who ogle men
"Rhyme" by Sylvia Plath
Or are you the goose that lays the golden egg?
Which is just a stone to anyone asking for meat.
And are you going to go on for ever
Laying that golden egg,
That addled golden egg?
"The American eagle" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Would you shoot the goose that laid the golden egg.
Turkey Sits On Goose Egg, A LifeLong Friendship Hatches At West Hartford Park.
Turkey Sits On Goose Egg , A LifeLong Friendship Hatches At West Hartford Park.
New scientific research award helps weed out the goose eggs.
Reporter's Notebook: Wild Goose gives customers golden egg.
A lab in Grand Forks, N.D. Is able to process up to 10 goose eggs per day.
Burns Park geese volunteers are beginning their training to learn to find goose nests, and oil the eggs, to help keep the goose population down.
Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is one of those old fairy tales for children which has a heavy message that a lot of adults should listen to.
Killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) teams up with Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek ) to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Is horse racing's golden goose about to stop laying her golden eggs.
Tough night — second goose egg on homestand.
In this animated comedy, Shrek's feline sidekick teams up with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Southpaws to steal the Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs.
Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) teams up with Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs.
However, the Bayou State earned a goose egg for its tolerance of gay rights, a score based on residents' support for gay marriage and legal rights afforded to same-sex couples.
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In science:

In the table the first three columns show the average P-values for all zero (0x00) input, all 0xFF input and a text taken from Aesop fables ( “From the Goose and the Golden Eggs”).
Efficient Quasigroup Block Cipher for Sensor Networks
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