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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"By the way, Marion Sinclair was alive and well when Down Under came out and she didn't say boo. It was only when these guys bought the copyright.
"We didn't say boo about it because we couldn't but I don't know what thought process was going on there.
The machine shop is where you didn't say boo to a goose or you were caught and thrown into the pits under the saw benches.
They didn't say boo when he won his second Allan Border Medal; they stayed mum about his rise to No.3 on the world Test batting rankings.
We didn't say boo to a goose - now we get all sorts of stick from them, but it's good craic so..:
We were so scared of going to Hell that we didn't say boo to a goose.
His party didn't say boo to a Chinese goose when the pounds 6.5 million Rover "rescue" package was trumpeted by the Government.
That may be why Washington didn't say boo when Indonesian troops assassinated the head of the Aceh Liberation Movement in January.
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