Meaning of “play gooseberry” in the English Dictionary

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"play gooseberry" in British English

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play gooseberry

also feel like a gooseberry UK informal

to be an unwanted third person who is present when two other people, especially two people having a romantic relationship, want to be alone

(Definition of “play gooseberry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)