not say boo


not say boo
(not) say boo American, informal to say nothing.

She expected the boss to be really angry, but he didn't say boo.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not say boo to a goose — To be extremely timid • • • Main Entry: ↑boo * * * not say boo to a ˈgoose idiom (BrE) (NAmE not say boo to ˈanyone) to be very shy …   Useful english dictionary

  • not say boo to anyone — not say boo to a ˈgoose idiom (BrE) (NAmE not say boo to ˈanyone) to be very shy or gentle • He s so nervous he wouldn t say boo to a goose. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • goose, not say boo to a —  Be very timid …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • say boo — (not) say boo American, informal to say nothing. She expected the boss to be really angry, but he didn t say boo …   New idioms dictionary

  • say boo to a goose, could (would) not —  Is very timid, say it with flowers  Convey a message with a gift of flowers. Convey a message pleasantly and politely …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • someone wouldn't say boo to a goose — someone wouldn’t say boo to a goose british informal phrase used for saying that someone is very quiet and shy Thesaurus: not confident or shy and easily embarrassedsynonym confidence and pride Main entry: boo …   Useful english dictionary

  • boo — boo1 [ bu ] verb intransitive or transitive to shout at a speaker or performer, to show that you disagree with them or you think they are not very good: The students started booing as soon as Ross opened his mouth. boo boo 2 [ bu ] interjection 1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • boo — expression meant to startle, early 15c., boh, A combination of consonant and vowel especially fitted to produce a loud and startling sound [OED, which compares L. boare, Gk. boaein to cry aloud, roar, shout. ]; as an expression of disapproval,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • say — 1 /seI/ verb past tense and past participle said /sed/ 3rd person singular says USE WORDS 1 WORD/SOUND (T) to pronounce a word or sound: “What did you say?” | “I m so tired” she said. | say hello/goodbye etc: She left without even saying goodbye …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • say — say1 W1S1 [seı] v past tense and past participle said [sed] third person singular says [sez] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(express something in words)¦ 2¦(give information)¦ 3¦(mean)¦ 4¦(think that something is true)¦ 5¦(show/be a sign of something)¦ 6¦(speak the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English