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n.1.An artificial spur or gaff for gamecocks.
2.A lever to bend crossbows.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Guy Padulo was presented with the presidential gaffle, as he will be the president for the coming year, and 2006 president Amy Wyatt was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her leadership and service as the society's 60th president.
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