Gouge meaning

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The definition of a gouge is a dent or rough hole or indentation.

When a piece of wood has a big dent in it, this is an example of a gouge.

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A chisel with a blade that has a rounded, angled, or troughlike indentation along its length.
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To gouge is defined as to create a dent or a disfiguring rough hole or groove, or to cheat someone by charging higher prices than what is fair.

When you take a knife and cut on the counter top, denting the wood counter below it, this is an example of a time when you gouge the counter.

When you charge someone $400 for something that cost you $2 only because he does not know any better, this is an example of a time when you gouge.

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(informal) A large amount, as of money, exacted or extorted.
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To cut or scoop out with or as if with a gouge.
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(informal) To extort from.
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(slang) To swindle.
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A chisel with a curved, hollowed blade, for cutting grooves or holes in wood.
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Any deep groove or hole that is considered a blemish.
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(informal) An act of overcharging or cheating of money; extortion or swindle.
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To make a groove, hole, etc. in (something) with or as with a gouge.
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To scoop out; dig or force out.

To gouge out dirt.

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In fighting, to push one's thumb into the eye of.
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(informal) To cheat out of money, etc.; also, to overcharge.
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A cut or groove, as left by something sharp.

The nail left a deep gouge in the tire.

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A chisel, with a curved blade, for scooping or cutting holes, channels, or grooves, in wood, stone, etc.
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A bookbinder's tool with a curved face, used for blind tooling or gilding.
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An incising tool that cuts forms or blanks for gloves, envelopes, etc.. from leather, paper, etc.

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(mining) Soft material lying between the wall of a vein and the solid vein.

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(slang) An impostor; a cheat.
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To make a mark or hole by scooping.

Japanese and Chinese printers used to gouge characters in wood.

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(intransitive) To push, or try to push the eye (of a person) out of its socket.
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To charge an unreasonably or unfairly high price.

They have no competition, so they tend to gouge their customers.

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Origin of gouge

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin gubia variant of gulbia of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Noun from Old French gouge, itself from Late Latin gulbia (“piercer”), from Gaulish (compare Scottish Gaelic gilb (“chisel”), Welsh gylyf (“sickle”)), from *gulbi (“beak”) (compare Old Irish gulba, Welsh gylf, Old Breton golb).

    From Wiktionary