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COD just says "a third person in the company of two others, who would prefer to be alone".
If I implied any active intent on the part of the gooseberry, well, sometimes it did happen. But often the gooseberry would be the younger sibling(s) of one of the twosome, too young to get hit by the love-bug, too innocent to know that their company was not desired, and just simply being in the vicinity. When I were a lad of courting age there would be only one TV in the house.

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Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
England
Or from suggesting that only a fool would intrude so, a gooseberry fool, a gooseberry.

Is a gooseberry fool related to playing gooseberry? Dictionary.com suggests it comes with wearing a cap: A silly person; a goose cap. Goldsmith It's also a dessert:

http://www.hwatson.force9.co.uk/cookbook/recipes/desserts/gooseberryfool.htm

No fooling you ...

John Dean
Oxford
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I pity the gooseberry (fool)! The desert looks delicious ... now where can I get one?

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John Dean
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