(as) loose as a goose

(as) loose as a goose

1. Very calm and relaxed. I know the boss is under a ton of pressure, but he still seems loose as a goose. I had hoped that yoga and meditation would make me loose as a goose, but I still feel as stressed as ever. Our oldest daughter cried constantly as a baby. Then we had our son, and he was just loose as a goose—go figure.
2. Very sexually promiscuous. There's been a nasty rumor about Sarah going around school that she's as loose as a goose, just because she's had more than one boyfriend this year. I'm surprised Dave didn't sleep with you—I thought he was loose as a goose. I never had any desire to be loose as a goose—I just prefer monogamy.
See also: goose, loose
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loose as a goose

Completely relaxed. This phrase, probably aided in longevity by the rhyme, dates from the first half of the 1900s. In earlier usage it sometimes denoted promiscuity (loose morals), diarrhea (loose bowels), and so on, but since about 1950 it has mostly stuck to its present meaning. The Los Angeles Times (April 7, 1979) had it in this sense: “Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Danny Ozark is loose as a goose despite intense pressure to win.”
See also: goose, loose
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