The phrase "goose is cooked" is an example of an idiom, an expression that means something other than what it seems. For instance, "face the music" has nothing to do with a concert, instead indicating you should accept the consequences of a situation, and "use your noodle" means to be smart. Similarly, "goose is cooked" is an idiom meaning there is trouble for someone or an attempt has failed.

Use in English

The phrase often conveys a predicament. For instance, if a teenager sneaks out his window at night only to find his mother waiting for him when he comes home, you might say his goose is cooked, since she has clearly caught him. A slightly different use involves failure. If a football team falls to 28 points behind with just a few minutes left in the game, its goose is cooked.