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a wigwam for a goose's bridle

A nonsense phrase commonly used as a vague or evasive response to a question, similar to "none of your business." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "What's that you've got there?" B: "A wigwam for a goose's bridle—now move along." A: "I swear, I didn't mean anything by it. I was just wondering." B: "Just wondering how much I weigh? That's a wigwam for a goose's bridle!" What I do on my own time is a wigwam for a goose's bridle, OK?
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bridle at (someone or something)

To show that one has been offended, displeased, or angered by someone or something. Of course I bridled at his condescending tone—I'm the president of a major corporation!
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bridle up

1. To fit a bridle to an animal, especially a horse. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bridle" and "up." You'd best go bridle the horses up so we can get a move on. This is my first time bridling up the new colt, so I'm a little nervous.
2. To exude anger, offense, or indignation in reaction to something. Often followed by "at something." She bridled up when I suggested that she had been responsible for the accident. I know you'll probably bridle up at this, but please hear me out.
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bridle at someone or something

Fig. to show that one is offended by someone or something. She bridled at the suggestion that she should go. Tony bridled at Max. Max was going to have to be dealt with.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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