wouldn't say boo to a goose

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - wouldn't say boo to a goose

"wouldn't say boo to a goose"

an expression used to describe someone who is very quiet and shy


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wouldn't say boo to a goose

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you see Walter at the party last night?

Friend 2:  Crazy, right?  Walter is usually so shy he wouldn't say boo to a goose.

Friend 1:  Not last night.  He was having a great time talking to everyone and dancing.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wouldn't say boo to a goose

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Who's that flirting with Hiram?

Colleague 2:  It looks like Miriam from accounting.

Colleague 1:  No way. Miriam wouldn't say boo to a goose.

Colleague 2:  It's definitely Miriam. Maybe she got some help overcoming her timidity.

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wouldn't say boo to a goose - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for wouldn't say boo to a goose.

wouldn't say boo to a goose - Examples:

1)  ... who were normally very talkative said very little, and others who hadn't said boo to a goose became very eloquent under cover of darkness.

2)  Now my partner not wanting to say boo to a goose said she would talk with me and ring the boss back.

3)  ... drunken rage in Doha airport. Quite a bit different to the " wouldn't say boo to a goose " comments coming out on the day.

4)  I used to be painfully shy - wouldn't' say boo to a goose'. I actively avoided talking to people I didn't already ...

5)  Andre Nel, who was a maniac on the field but wouldn't say boo to a goose off it ...

6)  ... like most of Washington, so frightened of Israel that he wouldn't say boo to a goose?

7)  ... down to just three episodes, what hope is there of British television ever saying boo to a goose like George Osborne?

8)  Let's stop pretending that Labour consists of nothing but mild-mannered people who wouldn't say boo to a goose.

9)  Neither Mr Blair nor Mr Brown would say boo to a goose if it happened to be wearing a badge that said' FTSE-350

10)  Miss C, the girl who wouldn't say boo to a goose, was as quiet as a mouse and seemed angelic in comparison ...

11)  Mild-mannered believers in free speech, who would never previously have said boo to a goose, will be so outraged by this law that they will feel ...

12)  You haven't said boo to a goose as long as you've been here. Now you seem to ...

13)  behind their computer screens, free from repercussions. While they wouldn't say boo to a goose in the real world, these are the depraved souls who mock ...

14)  He's so nervous he wouldn't say boo to a goose.

15)  In fact there will be quite a few who can not say boo to a goose and will run at the first hint of trouble.

16)  I wouldn't say boo to a goose, so when I was thrust onto the world stage I felt totally unprepared for it.

17)  Now when I'm working with people who are less experienced and who wouldn't say boo to a goose, I try and inspire them to stand up for ...

18)  Oh, I'm so obedient, I'm so sweet and I wouldn't say boo to a goose anywhere!

19)  ... it's really just a place where people can pretend to be dead smart or, better yet, dead hard when in reality they wouldn't say boo to a goose.

20)  People love him because, like Barry, he's a beast inside the ring but outside he looks like he wouldn't say boo to a goose.