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be (as) green as a gooseberry

To be very young, immature, and/or inexperienced. Are you sure he's fit to run your campaign? He's just out of college and still as green as a gooseberry!
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green as a gooseberry

Very young, immature, and/or inexperienced. Are you sure he's fit to run your campaign? He's just out of college and still as green as a gooseberry!
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play gooseberry

To spend time with two people who are in a romantic relationship and causing an awkward tension as a result. As John and Betty started cuddling up in the cinema, I wished I had just gone home instead of playing gooseberry.
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play gooseberry

If you play gooseberry, you are in the company of two people who are having a romantic relationship and who want to be alone together. I left early — I didn't want to play gooseberry with you and Bev. Note: The origin of this expression is not known, although it may refer to the third person picking gooseberries to pass the time while the other two are busy being romantic.
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play gooseberry

be a third person who stays in the company of two people, especially lovers, who would prefer to be on their own.
Gooseberry is short for the earlier gooseberry-picker , referring to an activity as a pretext for lovers to be together.
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play ˈgooseberry

(British English) be a third person with two people who have a romantic relationship and want to be alone together: Dave and Michelle invited me to go out with them but I don’t want to play gooseberry all evening.
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References in classic literature ?
whispered Gooseberry, compassionating my position, as the only person in the room who could see nothing.
If you're lucky enough to have a gooseberry bush in your garden, the hairy little fruits should be ready to eat about now.
A SEASONAL favourite of mine, and one Real Meals makes at this time of year, is pork and gooseberry pie.
They also offer Invicta Green gooseberries at the start of the season followed by Red Martlet - a sweeter dessert gooseberry.
com)-- Gooseberry Planet is pleased to announce the release of an app which provides internet safety for kids from ages 9 to 14.
I was informed that the specials board had a gooseberry fool dish that came from the crop exchange, this simple innovation meant that someone had supplied the gooseberries in exchange for food vouchers.
Rowman & Littlefield has bought the Columbus, Ohio-based publisher renowned for its family-friendly cookbooks, Gooseberry Patch's assets.
In fact, the Gooseberry Growers' Society held their annual dinner at the Green Man pub in Harborne from 1815 to the 1920s.
Last week Steve Hayward of Birmingham asked for advice on his gooseberry bush, which has leaves that disappear and no fruit.
Propagate new gooseberry bushes by taking hardwood cuttings from healthy plants before their leaves drop.
GOOSEBERRY FOOL - Part of original recipe from The Compleat Cook (1658) TAKE your Gooseberries, and put them in a Silver or Earthen Pot, and set it in a Skillet of boyling Water, and when they are coddled enough strain them.
Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen offers a set of stitching projects teaching how to stitch aprons, casserole covers, tea cozies, hot pads and napkins, and is a fine pick for any looking to blend gift-giving stitching projects with kitchen-specific, useful items.
s a DEAR DIARMUID, Can you give advice on our gooseberry bush?
For the poached gooseberries: 500g fresh gooseberries, topped and tailed 350g unrefined golden caster sugar 50ml water (or elderflower liqueur) The juice of 1 lemon For the gooseberry curd: 400g poached gooseberries The juice of 1 lemon 2 fresh, free-range eggs 2 fresh, free-range egg yolks 125g unsalted butter, diced and chilled For the fool: 250ml whipping cream A few tablespoons gooseberry curd For the Breton shortbread: 600g butter, diced, at room temperature 200g unrefined golden caster sugar, plus a little extra 700g plain flour 100g ground rice A pinch of Maldon salt Extras: A whisk Storage jars A suitable deep-sided baking tray for the shortbread Method: First, prepare the shortbread.
Some chefs serve spring mackerel with a seasonal gooseberry sauce.