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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

say boo

To say nothing at all. No one said boo when I asked for dinner suggestions, so I don't want to hear any complaints about what I made.
See also: boo, say

wouldn't say boo to a goose

Is particularly shy, nervous, or diffident. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My brother is a very sweet, warm-hearted man who wouldn'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

wouldn't say boo to a goose

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you say that someone wouldn't say boo to a goose, you mean that they are very quiet, shy, and nervous. `If you remember, at college I wouldn't say boo to a goose.' — `That's right, you were very quiet.' She recalled a shy, overweight girl who wouldn't say boo to a goose
See also: boo, goose, say

wouldn't say boo to a goose

(of a person) very shy or reticent.
1948 P. G. Wodehouse Uncle Dynamite She looks on you as a…poor, spineless sheep who can't say boo to a goose.
See also: boo, goose, say

he, she, etc. wouldn’t say ˌboo to a ˈgoose

(informal) somebody is very shy and afraid of upsetting or annoying people: How could he ever succeed in politics? He wouldn’t say boo to a goose.
People shout Boo! when they want to surprise or frighten somebody.
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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He doesn't deserve to get booed, fans that boo should be ashamed of themselves cv3 THE booing of Leon Best when he was substituted was a disgrace.
Capello added: "I couldn't understand the crowd booing Ashley Cole after he made a mistake.
I disagree with Houston Nutt, who, when questioned about booing fans, said, "They have a right to do what they want; after all, they bought a ticket.
Booing has always been as much a part of football and the Boro as cheering.
To those people booing the lads, how do they expect to get the best out of them?
But the Scotland boss responded by insisting supporters - who have been clamouring for tickets despite the SFA's outrageous pricing policy - have every right to vent their feelings so long as they don't overstep the mark between booing and abusing the Irish duo.
I am told that some people have been upset about the fact that some English fans were booing me, but I thought it was a terrific atmosphere to play in," Ponting writes in his column for The Times.
Proving the boo-boys wrong, Ridgewell proved his worth against Ipswich by scoring a wonderful goal and I did not hear any booing towards him after that.
FA director of communications Adrian Bevington said: "It is crazy that asection of our supporters are booing one of our own players - that's not going to help the team and certainly not the player being booed.
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.
Some Toon fans reacted angrily to the booing dished out by a section of the crowd.
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.
But the Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive was slammed for his lack of condemnation of the booing, which Ali's father Munir put down to his Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage.