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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The classmate said: "Only eight years ago, he wouldn't say boo to a goose.
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A neighbour said: "Michael wouldn't say boo to a goose - he was very frail.
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Haydn said: "He was a very quiet man, he wouldn't say boo to a goose.
Thomas wouldn't say boo to a goose, he is quiet and will take so much.
Eight or nine months ago, these young players wouldn't say boo to a goose in camp, were generally very quiet.
They don't want a man who allows himself to be bossed about or wouldn't say boo to a goose.
But I get the impression most greyhounds are rather placid souls who wouldn't say boo to a goose, or a hare.
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