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a metal hook fastened to a pole; to cheat; fleece; harsh treatment or criticism: All the gaff he had to take made him even more reclusive.
Not to be confused with:
gaffe – a social blunder; faux pas: His sudden outburst of anger was an unfortunate gaffe.
1. A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
2. Nautical A spar attached to a mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
a. A sharp metal spur or spike fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
b. A climbing hook used by telephone and electric line workers.
4. Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
5. A tight-fitting undergarment designed to secure the male genitals between the legs and create the appearance of a smooth crotch.
6. Slang Harshness of treatment; abuse.
tr.v. gaffed, gaf·fing, gaffs
1. To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.
2. To equip (a gamecock) with a gaff.
a. To take in or defraud; swindle.
b. To rig or fix in order to cheat: knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.
[Middle English gaffe, from Old French, from Old Provençal gaf, from gafar, to seize, of Germanic origin; see kap- in Indo-European roots. Noun, senses 4 and 5, and verb, senses 3a and 3b, probably from the spurred, ink-filled rings used by card sharpers to secretly mark cards.]
n. Chiefly British
1. A public place of entertainment, especially a cheap or disreputable music hall or theater.
2. Slang A house, building, or apartment, especially where one resides.
1. (Angling) angling a stiff pole with a stout prong or hook attached for landing large fish
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical a boom hoisted aft of a mast to support a gaffsail
3. (Individual Sports, other than specified) a metal spur fixed to the leg of a gamecock
4. (Angling) angling to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff
5. slang to cheat; hoax
[C13: from French gaffe, from Provençal gaf boathook]
1. slang foolish talk; nonsense
2. blow the gaff slang Brit to divulge a secret
3. stand the gaff slang chiefly US and Canadian to endure ridicule, difficulties, etc
[C19: of unknown origin]
1. a person's home, esp a flat
2. Also called: penny-gaff a cheap or low-class place of entertainment, esp a cheap theatre or music hall in Victorian England
[C18: of unknown origin]
1. an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish.
2. the spur on a climbing iron, esp. as used by telephone linemen.
3. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a fore-and-aft sail.
4. a metal spur for a gamecock.v.t.
5. to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French gaffe, gaff]
Informal. harsh treatment, criticism, or ridicule (used esp. in the phrase stand the gaff).
Slang. to cheat; fleece.
Past participle: gaffed
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|Noun||1.||gaff - a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock|
spike - each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves); "the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"; "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
|2.||gaff - a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail|
spar - a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
|3.||gaff - an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish|
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something