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Goody two shoes

This description of someone who is cloyingly virtuous dates from the late 18th/early 19th century and derives from the title of a nursery tale The His...

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Goody, goody

A goody, goody is someone who is overly virtuous in a smug or trite manner and dates from the late 19th century.

Goody, goody gumdrops

This childish exclamation of delight or excitement is thought to be of American origin during the late 19th or early 20th century. Certainly, gumdrops...

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The word Google is first cited as a proper noun and was the surname of Barney Google a syndicated cartoon character created by Billy Debeck that first...

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A cricket term dates from c. 1904 when it was first used in an Australian newspaper to describe the bowling of the English cricketer B.J.T. Bosanquet...

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To give someone a goose or to goose them is to give a playful prod in the backside with one’s finger. The expression is first attested in the late 19t...

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Goose and duck

Rhyming slang, goose and duck/fuck, dates from the late 19th century, hence sometimes used in the context of a good goose.

Goose bumps/flesh

To have goose bumps is a way of expressing that familiar tingling sensation on the skin that can indicate fear, pleasure, or excitement. It is simply...

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Goose is cooked

see Cook someone’s goose


To play gooseberry in the sense of being a superfluous or unwanted third person dates from the early 19th century when gooseberry was a term for a cha...

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Gor blimey

see Blimey

Gordon Bennett

This is a popular euphemism, also known as a minced oath, for Gor blimey and other oaths starting with the word God. It dates from the early 20th cent...

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This common, everyday exclamation of surprise has been in use since the mid-19th century. Not many people who use it realise that it is a euphonic for...

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Got your back

see Watch someone’s back


British slang for the boss, or a form of address for an unknown man, dates from the early 19th century, and sometimes shortened to 'guv'ner' or just '...

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