give the goose
- Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922
Funny. I thought that would mean something else...
Our Forgotten English calendar also gives a quote today regarding "goose-dancing parties":
From Christmas to Twelfth-tide, parties of mummers known as "Goose-dancers" paraded the streets in all sorts of disguises, with masks on. They often behaved in such an unruly manner that women and chirldren were afraid to venture out. If the doors of the houses were not locked they would enter uninvited and stay, playing all kinds of antics until money was given them to go away.
- M.A. Courtney's Cornish Feasts and Folk-lore, 1890