cook his goose

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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