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

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

chiefly British
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 sauce for the goose is sauce 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

sauce play
  1. : a condiment or relish for food

  2. : something that adds zest or piquancy

  3. : stewed fruit eaten with other food or as a dessert

  1. : to dress with relish or seasoning

  2. : to cover or serve with a sauce

  3. : to modify the harsh or unpleasant characteristics of

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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