Cabbages is a play on words. It derives from the acronym "CoL" for cursos online, i.e. online courses, but translated literally from the Spanish word "col".
I believe that “to play gooseberry” is, nowadays, out to date. But I don´t know whether you can use this idioms in another situation.
Try this link: http://www.word-origins.com/definition/gooseberry.html
Ok Nina.I´ve looked up this link and "to play gooseberry" has only one meaning: accompany a couple in love as to preserve their morality :)
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