Sly goose


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sly goose (Zoöl) the common sheldrake; -- so named from its craftiness.
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In poetry:

I watch you with a patient satisfaction,
Well pleased to discount your predestined luck;
The float that figures in your sly transaction
Will carry back a goose, but not a duck.
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes