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be (as) green as a gooseberry

To be very young, immature, 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

do gooseberry

obsolete To act as a chaperone or escort for a young couple for whom being left alone would be seen as improper. The old matron insisted on doing gooseberry whenever the young maiden wished to spend time with her male suitor.
See also: gooseberry

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

pick gooseberry

obsolete To act as a chaperone or escort for a young couple for whom being left alone would be seen as improper. The old matron insisted on picking gooseberry whenever the young maiden wished to spend time with her male suitor.
See also: gooseberry, pick

play (up) Old Gooseberry

1. obsolete To cause or partake in mischief, chaos, or havoc. "Old Gooseberry" is an archaic term for the Devil. The drunken revelers played Old Gooseberry as they caroused down the street, making as much noise and causing as much damage as they could.
2. obsolete To silence, defeat, or put an end to someone or something causing a disturbance. Often followed by "with." The constable came upon the scene and, with a strike of his billy club against the table, played up Old Gooseberry with the insolent knaves.
See also: gooseberry, old, play

play gooseberry

To spend time with two people who are in a romantic relationship and cause 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.
See also: gooseberry, play
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play gooseberry

BRITISH, INFORMAL
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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Gooseberries are self-fertile, so one bush can be grown on its own.
Over the years, I've grown about 50 or so varieties of gooseberries, all of them so-called "dessert" varieties that are delirious both fresh and when cooked into jams and pies.
While gooseberries were the main ingredient in the classic recipe, nowadays it can be made with any type of fruit.
Plant bare root gooseberries between late autumn and early spring, spreading roots in the large hole where you are going to plant them, backfill with enriched soil and make sure you firm it in well around the roots.
4 Scatter the crumble topping evenly over the gooseberries. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the top is pale golden and crunchy, and the gooseberries are bubbling.
Produce: Strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, tayberries, balckberries.
For the filling 350 g pork shoulder 100g belly pork handfull of green gooseberries tablespoon of redcurrant jelly Dice the pork - or ask your butcher to, season with a little pepper.
5 GOOSEBERRIES contain vitamin C, which helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents and helps scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals from the body.
But you'll probably search in vain for a tray of beautiful British grown gooseberries - except perhaps in the tinned fruit aisle where you'll find a couple of bashed cans lurking forlornly.
Like redcurrants, gooseberries bear their fruit buds on spurs and are pruned in much the same way.
So don't be fooled by gooseberries, as they are in fact astonishingly versatile, which makes them a regular occurrence on our menu during their short summer growing season.
Pick a little more than I quart of gooseberries. Discard any soft berries.
Grown in a cool climate, it makes delightfully sharp, tangy dry whites, with distinctive flavours of grass, elderflowers and gooseberries.
SERVES 4-6 500g gooseberries, topped and tailed 85g golden caster sugar 2 tbsps water 175g plain flour 1 tsp ground ginger 85g unsalted butter, chilled Pinch of salt 75g soft brown sugar 100g roughly chopped hazelnuts Heat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas Mark 4
Phone: 01902 735724 Produce: 30 different crops including strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, tayberries, marionberries, blackberries, plums, damsons, runner beans, peas, sweetcorn, leeks.