Cooked His Goose

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Did him in

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An old story relates that a medieval town under siege hung a goose from a tower, symbolizing the stupidity of the attackers.

The attackers were so enraged that they burned the town, thereby literally cooking the townspeople’s goose.

Source:

Henry Mayhew (1851). - London Labour and the London Poor: 'If they come here we'll cook their goose, the Pope and Cardinal Wiseman.'

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