Idiom – Wouldn’t say boo to a goose

  • Idiom – Wouldn’t say boo to a goose
  • Meaning – If someone wouldn’t say boo to a goose, they are very timid and nervous. This expression might be used to describe someone who is very shy.
  • This is a British English idiom. In Australia or America you might come across the similar idiom Wouldn’t say boo to a fly.
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • To describe a shy or nervous friend.
  • If someone is too timid to complain about a problem.
  • When your friend is too embarrassed to ask someone a question.
Example:
  • “Tommy is joining the police? I’m surprised! He’s a lovely bloke but he wouldn’t say boo to a goose!”
Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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