goose bump

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Goose bumps on an arm.

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From the resemblance of goose bumps to the bumps on the skin of a plucked goose.


goose bump (plural goose bumps)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) Raised skin, usually caused by the involuntary erection of hairs on the neck or arms caused by cold, excitement, or fear.
    Synonyms: goose pimple, goose skin, goose flesh, horripilation, piloerection (medical), pilomotor reflex (medical)

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