play gooseberry

play gooseberry

  (British humorous)
to be with two people who are having a romantic relationship and who would prefer to be alone Yes, thank you, I'd love to go to the cinema, if you two are sure you don't mind me playing gooseberry.
See also: gooseberry, play
References in classic literature ?
Come along, and you'll be able to sympathize with all poor souls who have to play gooseberry often.
In the opening episode, the couple meet on what is shaping up to be a very bad day for Leo, who has just lost his job and is forced to play gooseberry on a night out with his brother, James.
In the opening episode, the couple meet on what is shaping up to be a very bad day for Leo (Harry Hepple), who has just lost his job and is forced to play gooseberry on a night out with his brother, James (Jonny Dixon).
Robert's movie pals Zac Efron, Guy Pearce and Michelle Rodriguez were left to play gooseberry in LA's swanky W Hotel at Thursday's GIGGLES: Katy afterparty for The Rover.
Leeds are just there to play gooseberry while the favourites are reaquainted with their old flame.
William and Kate laughed and joked throughout the game while Prince Harry was left to play gooseberry as his own girlfriend Chelsy Davy was unable to attend.
Big Pete (potato), 'Little' Don (rhubarb) and Medium Bob (also rhubarb) are clearly having a good time with the Newbury covers, and I wouldn't want to play gooseberry.
And the boys are happy to play gooseberry at the world's biggest and most dazzling diamond exhibition currently showing at the Natural History Museum in London.
I didn't want to leave them at the cinema alone, nor did I want to play gooseberry.
We loved the meal ( but there was enough left on our plates that could have filled a third party if anyone had wanted to play gooseberry for the night