Gaff meaning

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A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
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The definition of a gaff is a pole with a hook.

A stick with a spear on the end that you use to catch a fish by thrusting it down quickly into the fish is an example of a gaff.

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To gaff is defined as to capture or impale using a stick with a hook or spear on the end.

When you stab and catch a fish using a stick with a spear on the end, this is an example of when you gaff the fish.

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A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
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A spar attached to the mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
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To take in or defraud; swindle.
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To rig or fix in order to cheat.

Knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.

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Any secret device for cheating.
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To cheat; hoax; trick.
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To rig with a gaff.
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A trick or con.

The sideshow feat was a just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.

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Harshness of treatment; abuse.
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A sharp metal spur or spike fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
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A climbing hook used by telephone and electric line workers.
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To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.
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To equip (a gamecock) with a gaff.
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A public place of entertainment, especially a cheap or disreputable music hall or theater.
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A house, building, or apartment, especially where one resides.
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A large, strong hook on a pole, or a barbed spear, used in landing large fish.
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A cheap theater, dance hall, etc.
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A sharp metal spur fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
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Any of the steel points on a lineman's climbing iron.
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A spar or pole extending from the after side of a mast and supporting a fore-and-aft sail.
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A similarly located spar on the mainmast, from which the ensign is flown when a ship is underway.
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To strike or land (a fish) with a gaff.
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Foolish talk; nonsense.
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A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.
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A minor error or faux pas.

We politely ignored his gaff.

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(UK, slang) A place of residence.

We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.

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(nautical) The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
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A garment worn to hide the genitals by male transvestites.
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To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.
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To cheat or hoax.
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Rough or harsh treatment; criticism.

1916, Edgar Rice Burrows, Beyond Thirty (aka The Lost Continent), edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:"Numbers one, two, and five engines have broken down, sir," he called. "Shall we force the remaining three?" / "We can do nothing else," I bellowed into the transmitter. / "They won't stand the gaff, sir," he returned. / "Can you suggest a better plan?" I asked. / "No, sir," he replied. / "Then give them the gaff, lieutenant," I shouted back, and hung up the receiver.

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Origin of gaff

Perhaps from Old English gafsprǣc (“buffoonery, scurrility; blasphemous or ribald speech”), from Old English gaf (“base, vile, lewd”) + Old English sprǣc (“language, speech, talk”)