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all (one's) geese are swans

One is overexaggerating and not in touch with reality. Geese and swans are quite different, so to think they are the same is a stretch of the truth. I can't listen to another one of Tiffany's stories that cast her as the adored heroine. All her geese are swans if she thinks everyone at work likes her!
See also: all, geese, swan

cackling geese

Those who warn of something that is about to happen. Thank goodness for the cackling geese outside who ran in and told us to lock down the building because there was a man with a gun roaming the streets. My wife is skeptical of them, but I always tune in to those cackling geese giving the weather report—I don't want to get caught in a blizzard!
See also: cackle, geese

ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel!
See also: brain, gave, god, squirrel

ain't got the sense God gave geese

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the sense God gave geese!
See also: gave, geese, god, sense

turn geese into swans

To embellish or exaggerate the merits, skills, or successes of someone or something. My father was such a genuinely affable and generous man, and he had a knack for turning geese into swans—he made you feel like the most special, talented person in the world just by talking about you.
See also: geese, swan, turn

ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

 and ain't got the sense God gave geese
Rur. is or are very foolish. There goes John, running around barefooted in the snow. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel. No use trying to explain anything to Jane. She ain't got the sense God gave geese.
See also: brain, gave, god, squirrel

all someone's geese are swans

someone habitually exaggerates the merits of undistinguished people or things.
The goose is proverbially contrasted with the swan as being the clumsier, less elegant, and less distinguished bird; compare with turn geese into swans below.
See also: all, geese, swan

turn geese into swans

exaggerate the merits of people.
See also: geese, swan, turn
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Rounding up passels of ornery Canada geese with canoes and kayaks, volunteers take to the water each summer at Wilson Hill Wildlife Management area for a rollicking day of bird banding and camaraderie.
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As he approached the other door, Nolan wondered what provoked the geese.
This is the feat carried out by thousands of geese every year who fly up to 3,000 miles between their wintering grounds in the UK and their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle.
Among the major breeds of geese are Embden, White Chinese, African, Pilgrim, Tulouse, and the Sebastopol.
Under a partnership between Natural England and Berwick agricultural merchant McCreath Simpson Prentice, fields at farms adjacent to the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve have been reserved for the use of over-wintering light-bellied brent geese.
The birds' viciousness made filming barnyard scenes problematic, ultimately resulting in the use of puppet geese.
Better yet, we learned that Rennie was the owner of Tidewater Guide Service, one of the better Eastern Shore guides for Maryland's geese, ducks and deer.
In Flock A 415 geese (28%) died during an 8-week period while in Flock B 834 geese (18%) died during a 12-week period.
Ani is slowly transformed into an independent-thinking, courageous young woman as she makes her way in the society of other young people who work with the geese and other animals belonging to the king.