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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!
See also: gooseberry, green

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.
See also: gooseberry, play

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.
See also: gooseberry, play

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.
See also: gooseberry, play
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The initial draining process is particularly important here, otherwise the blitzed gooseberries will be much too runny and the whole effect ruined.
Grown in a cool climate, it makes delightfully sharp, tangy dry whites, with distinctive flavours of grass, elderflowers and gooseberries.
Plants containing genes introduced from American gooseberries were found to have larger numbers of caterpillars feeding on them, but these insects were significantly smaller than those feeding on the genetically pure British gooseberries.
They also want to know which gooseberries taste best .
If you can't use all your gooseberries in the next couple of weeks, they freeze very well.
Scatter the whole gooseberries over the base of the tart and pour over the custard mixture before baking for 25-30 minutes.
I've also had gooseberries with rare game - a surprisingly winning combination from two unique and strong flavours.
Remove lower branches on gooseberries to keep good air circulation and help prevent gooseberry mildew and also check daily for the first signs of gooseberry sawfly caterpillars.
The harvest arrives with a rush, first, gooseberries, then red and black currants, followed by loganberries, Worcester berries and blueberries, if the attention of the blackbirds can be diverted elsewhere.
99 off at pounds 5 until Tuesday) is ripe with gooseberries, nettle herbs, and citrus.
TRADITIONAL gooseberries are easy to grow and produce a bounty of fruit for up to 25 years.
Just imagine, steaming gooseberries in a vanilla-rich syrup, cascading out from a pastry casing that's light and fluffy around the sides and deliciously soggy on the bottom where the juices have seeped in.
The bouquet is like elderflower cordial, with a fruit flavour of tart gooseberries, elderflower and a hint of lime.
Cover gooseberries, currants, strawberries and soft fruits with netting to keep birds at bay.
I learned my lesson many years ago when an enthusiastic wine group, much taken with a Sauvignon Blanc poured for them by a leading Californian winemaker, said it tasted of gooseberries.