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    Smile say boo to a goat

    Hallo,
    I would like to know the meaning of the idiom "to say boo to a goat". Is it the same as " couldn't say boo to goose? or can it have the meaning "not to be willing to talk to anybody"?
    Thanks a lot
    Stefania

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    Re: say boo to a goat

    I don't think I've ever heard the 'goat' version. But geese and goats can both be quite intimidating, so it's not a bad substitution. It looses the assonance though.

    b

    PS Heavens! :oops Loses Very diplomatic of you not to notice, Anglika.
    Last edited by BobK; 22-Sep-2009 at 18:28. Reason: PS added


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    Re: say boo to a goat

    Quote Originally Posted by strega View Post
    can it have the meaning "not to be willing to talk to anybody"?
    Thanks a lot
    Stefania

    Not that I have met. It implies that someone is basically fearful of confronting something.

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