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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A pole with a hook on the end, used to land large fish.
2. A metal spur for a gamecock.
3. A hoax or fraud.
4. Gimmick or trick.
5. Harsh treatment or criticism.
6. A place of entertainment, especially with a disreputable reputation.
7. A house, apartment, shop, or other building.
8. A social error; a faux pas.
1. (to stand or take the gaff) To receive severe criticism; to endure hardship.
2. To cheat.
3. To gamble.
ETYMOLOGY:noun 1-4: From gaffe (boat hook), ultimately from the Indo-European root kap- (to grasp) that is also the root of captive, capsule, chassis, cable, occupy, and deceive.
5-7: Of unknown origin.
8: A variant of gaffe.
verb 1-3: Of uncertain origin.
USAGE:"I had murdered a couple of nice halibut, impaling them with the gaff and then happily beating their brains out all over the deck of a friend's boat."
Richard Chiappone; The Killing Season; Anchorage Press (Alaska); May 13, 2009.
"Derek Dingle, a famous closeup man, adjusted the Cigarette Through Quarter trick by palming and replacing one gaffed quarter with another."
Adam Gopnik; The Real Work; New Yorker; Mar 17, 2008.
"'They don't want to take the gaff when something goes wrong,' said Bud Long."
A Dismal Record; The Fresno Bee (California); Aug 9, 1992.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is not life and wealth and power that enslave men, but the cleaving to life and wealth and power. -Buddha (c. 563-483 BCE)
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