goose egg


: zero, nothing
especially : a score of zero in a game or contest

Examples of goose egg in a Sentence

was such a bad bowler that his final score was a big, fat goose egg
Recent Examples on the Web So while Haley is going to watch Nevada possibly give her a win in a primary and a corresponding goose egg in the delegate table, there’s an even bigger loser: Nevadans who fear the future of democracy is on the ballot this year. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Still, Iowa hadn’t laid a goose egg until Saturday. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 Marsh puts up goose eggs The Moeller right-hander got the save in the Crusaders' 2-0 state semifinal victory over Walsh Jesuit, going the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 10 June 2023 Bad luck also contributed to that goose egg. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 The result was a big goose egg. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2013 Jason Robertson cracked open the goose egg on an explosive one-timer on a power play. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2023 That would spare him a goose egg! Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 29 Aug. 2022 In the seven games before Tuesday’s matchup, the Hawks put up a goose egg in 20 opportunities. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goose egg was in 1866

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“Goose egg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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