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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It seems that once on holiday, people who in their own countries normally wouldn't say boo to a goose, can flick an internal switch and instantly turn into raging, abusive monsters with demands and threats of legal action.
He was a wonderful man who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
He was a normal bloke who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
The likes of Labour leadership contender Owen Smith and his supporters who say Labour is not a party of protest have chucked the towel in and wouldn't say boo to a goose.
Niedzwiecki is simply one of the nicest blokes you could wish to meet and wouldn't say boo to a goose.
The classmate said: "Only eight years ago, he wouldn't say boo to a goose.
A neighbour said: "Michael wouldn't say boo to a goose - he was very frail.
And it was when even Dean Peer, who wouldn't say boo to a goose, piped up to object that Samesh backed down
Judging by those confronted in this fascinating documentary, most 'trolls' wouldn't say boo to a goose in the real world.
They don't want a man who allows himself to be bossed about or wouldn't say boo to a goose.
But I get the impression most greyhounds are rather placid souls who wouldn't say boo to a goose, or a hare.
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