cook his goose
spoil someone's plans
cause someone's downfall – informal
The underlying idea of this phrase seems to be that a goose was cherished and fattened up for a special occasion and therefore to cook it prematurely meant to spoil the plans for a feast.
Related Idioms :
cook the books
alter records, especially accounts, with fraudulent intent or in order to mislead – informal
Cook has been used since the mid 17th century in this figurative sense of tamper with or manipulate.
cook on the front burner
be on the right lines
be on the way to rapid success – North American informal
Another version of this phrase is cook with gas.
too many cooks spoil the broth
if too many people are involved in a task or activity, it will not be done well. – proverb
1997 - Times - Too many cooks spoil the broth and at Apple there is now the equivalent of Marco Pierre White, Anton Mosimann and Nico Ladenis.
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