not say boo (to anyone)

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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
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Perfectly normal men, who would not say boo to her indoors, turn into animals when they pass through the turnstile of a football stadium.
Amjit Singh, owner of the Quinton Post Office and Select and Save store where Jordan did work experience when he was 16, said: "He would not say boo to a goose.
Amjit Singh, who has run the store on Hagley Road for five years, added: "He would not say boo to a ghost.
He added that rugby fan Alex "would not say boo to a goose".
That's all those who would not say boo to a goose, let alone get involved in a public fist fight.
He was a real gentleman who would not say boo to a goose.
The country's top cop seems so frightened of his own shadow I fear he dare not say boo to a terrorist.
FROM A gauche schoolboy-like figure that would not say boo to a goose unless Sir Alex pointed out the bird to him, has blossomed one of the brightest footballers of his generation.
The 53-year-old crook wore woolly jumpers bought from Marks & Spencer and Debenhams and seemed to be "the sort of person who would not say boo to a goose", according to the police.
Helen had been the quiet one, the one who would not say boo to a goose, but she turned.
But when sober, Maxine would not say boo to a goose and wore long skirts and thick cardigans to cover the body she was normally so ashamed of.
A close family friend added: "Charlotte is a lovely, polite girl, who would not say boo to a goose.
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