His goose was cooked origin?

Did this phrase originate with the burning of John Hus, as is typically stated?

I have had a hard time finding the answers on the internet, as I have not found a credible source that states this. The idea is that “hus” meant goose and when he was burned at the stake, they had “burned their own goose”…as in they were screwed.

Anyone know the origin of this phrase?

Thanks. :slight_smile:

It’s almost certainly British and dates(so far) only back to about 1851 in print.

I’d say Hus wasn’t the origin.

Cool. Do you have cites to back yourself up, though?

Michael Quinion cites an 1837 report of a court case here:

Superb cite. I forgot to check for Mr. Quinion.