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not say boo to a goose

To be particularly shy, diffident, or timid by nature. Primarily heard in UK. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who wouldn't say boo to a goose. How can you suspect him of committing this crime? The neighbour's daughter is just the cutest little thing, but she won't say boo to a goose.
See also: boo, goose, not, say

not say boo to a fly

To be particularly shy, diffident, or timid by nature. Primarily heard in Australia. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who wouldn't say boo to a fly. How can you suspect him of committing this crime? The neighbour's daughter is just the cutest little thing, but she couldn't say boo to a fly.
See also: boo, fly, not, say

not say boo (to anyone)

1. To be particularly shy, diffident, or timid by nature. Primarily heard in US. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who wouldn't say boo to anyone. How can you suspect him of committing this crime?
2. To not say a word (to anyone); to keep quiet. Primarily heard in US. The neighbor's daughter is just the cutest little thing, but she wouldn't say boo the whole time we were there. I trust you didn't say boo to those coppers about the little side business we've been running here?
See also: boo, not, say

na-na na-na boo-boo

A teasing nonsense phrase typically said by children. You can't catch me! Na-na na-na boo-boo!

boo

slang One's romantic partner. Often used as a term of endearment. I don't have any plans tonight—just staying home with my boo. Come on, boo, are you ready to go yet?

boo (one) off (the) stage

To voice displeasure (by booing) for a performer or performers to the extent that they decide to leave the stage. Are you sure you want to perform at that rowdy club? The crowd there is known to boo people off the stage.
See also: boo, off, stage

can't say boo to a goose

Is particularly shy, nervous, or diffident. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who can't say boo to a goose. How can you suspect that he committed this crime?
See also: boo, goose, say

boo someone off the stage

 and boo someone off
to jeer and hoot, causing a performer to leave the stage. The rude audience booed the performer off the stage. The audience booed off the comedian.
See also: boo, off, stage

can't say boo to a goose

Rur. shy and not talkative. I was surprised to see Joe so talkative at the party. Usually he can't say boo to a goose. She's a quiet little kid. Can't say boo to a goose.
See also: boo, goose, say

not say boo

  (American informal)
to say nothing She expected the boss to be really angry, but he didn't say boo.
See also: boo, say

wouldn't say boo to a goose

  (British informal) also wouldn't say boo/wouldn't say boo to a fly (American/Australian informal/informal)
if someone wouldn't say boo to a goose, they are shy and nervous She wouldn't say boo to a goose, so I don't think she's cut out for a career in the police. I remember her as a quiet little girl who wouldn't say boo.
See also: boo, goose, say

boo-bird

(ˈbuˈbɚd)
n. a person who boos frequently at games or other public events. The catcher turned and stared right at the loudmouthed boo-bird. Everybody knew what he was thinking.

boo-boo

(ˈbubu)
1. n. an error. (see also make a boo-boo.) It’s only a small boo-boo. Don’t stress yourself.
2. n. a hurt; a cut; a bruise. She has a little boo-boo on her knee.

make a boo-boo

tv. to make an error. (see also boo-boo.) Everybody makes a boo-boo every now and then.
See also: make
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Booing at the end of the game after a performance like today's is understandable, although I don't like to do it, but targeting individuals from our own team is out of order and counter productive.
We are big enough to hold our hands up when we have made a mistake, but it is not made any easier when you have got your own fans booing you.
To those people booing the lads, how do they expect to get the best out of them?
I completely agree the booing has no place in cricket and my intention was to try and make sure we didn't encourage the situation where those who behaved badly felt they could do it more next time because they provoked a reaction this time.
The behaviour of the British crowds has attracted a lot of negative attention, prompting the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke to appeal to the crowds to stop booing and maintain game's positive spirit.
The supporters really got behind us for the vast majority of the game and several players have said they were encouraged to see large numbers in the crowd applauding Ashley Cole to counter-balance those booing him.
Asked about the individual and collective booing, manager Iain Dowie said: "I didn't understand the booing at half time because I thought we had played all right.
By the time Guerrero batted again in the inning, it was unclear if the crowd was booing Guerrero or DuBose (3-3), who allowed six consecutive Angels to reach.
UEFA are continually looking at this whole booing thing," warned Rooney, deeply upset at the jibes thrown at Georgia's Rangers striker Shota Arveladze during last month's Dublin qualifier.
Edwards continued: "We don't want this sort of booing going on.
WE always knew the ECB were a stuck-up bunch but now they actually want to ban booing.
Booing has been a feature of the new Wembley and Bevington continued: "Unfortunately, we are all aware we have had problems of this kind since we have come back here.
When asked about the booing, Olowokandi sounded hurt and put down the crowd of 14,842.
BISEXUAL bodybuilder Adele Roberts (above) braved a booing crowd after being booted out of Big Brother last night.
Spare me the whimpering and the exasperation, and most definitely, the booing.