play gooseberry

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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.
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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

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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But poor David Furnish looks totally embarrassed as he finds himself playing gooseberry to loved-up comic David Walliams and his model wife Lara Stone.
I had no problem playing gooseberry with all my smug married mates and I didn't envy them one bit.
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Sick of playing gooseberry, Ant's wife Lisa ordered hubby to ditch his sidekick so they could spend their first Christmas alone.
Team members took turns at playing gooseberry as the couple skipped through the task wrapped round each other.
Tamzin, who is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to her love life, spent her time at the hotel playing gooseberry to ex-Steps singer Claire Richards, who was on holiday with a mystery man.
To his horror, he finds himself very much playing gooseberry to the two pairs of lovebirds.
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