- goose egg
- nouna 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• Syn:• Hypernyms: ↑relative quantity
* * *nounEtymology: so called from the egg-shaped numeral 0
* * *Informal.1. the numeral zero, often used to indicate the failure of a team to score in a game or unit of a game: a pitchers' duel, with nothing but goose eggs on the scoreboard.2. a lump raised by a blow, esp. on the head.[1350-1400; 1885-90, Amer., for def. 1; ME: the egg of a goose]
* * *goose egg,1. the egg of a goose.2. Slang. (in athletic and other contests) a zero, indicating a miss or a failure to score.goose-egg «GOOS EHG», transitive verb.U.S. Slang. to cause to fail or lose.
* * *informal n.1) zero, esp. a zero score in a game
once again, our team goes home with a big goose egg2) a lump, typically on the head, from a blow•Origin:late 19th cent.: with reference to the shape of the zero
* * *noun, pl ⋯ eggs [count]US informal : a score of zero
The two teams matched goose eggs [=they both scored no runs] for five innings.
They put another goose egg up on the scoreboard.
* * *a score of zero in a gameWord Origin:late 19th cent.: with reference to the shape of the zero; compare with ↑duck ‘a score of zero in cricket’.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.