what's good for the goose is good for the gander

Definition of what's good for the goose is good for the gander

US
used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another person or situation is treated
  • If he can go out with his friends at night, then she should be able to, too. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

good play
  1. : of a favorable character or tendency

  2. : bountiful, fertile

  3. : handsome, attractive

  1. : something that is good

  2. : something conforming to the moral order of the universe

  3. : praiseworthy character : goodness

  1. : well

  2. used as an intensive

goose play
  1. : any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi

  2. : a female goose as distinguished from a gander

  3. : simpleton, dolt

  1. : to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust

  2. : to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of : spur

gander play
  1. : an adult male goose

  2. : simpleton

  1. : look, glance


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