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- Rhymes: -æf
- gaffe (minor error or faux pas)
gaff (plural gaffs)
- A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.
- A minor error or faux pas.
- We politely ignored his gaff.
- A trick or con.
- The sideshow feat was a just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.
- (UK, slang) A place of residence.
- We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.
- (nautical) The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
- A garment worn to hide the genitals by male transvestites.
to use a gaff to land fish
- 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.
- Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, gaff
- New Oxford American Dictionary, gaff