from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stubble goose.
- n. An annual feast of the persons employed in a printing office.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stubble-goose; hence, a fat goose—that is, one ready to kill in harvest-time.
- n. An entertainment given by an apprentice to his fellow-workmen, of which the goose was the crowning dish; hence, in recent times, a printers' annual dinner, the funds for which are collected by stewards regularly appointed by “the chapel.”
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