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gaff1 / gaf/ • n. 1. a stick with a hook, or a barbed spear, for landing large fish. 2. Sailing a spar to which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is bent. • v. [tr.] seize or impale with a gaff. gaff2 • n. rough treatment; criticism: if wages increase, perhaps we can stand the gaff. gaff3 • n. Brit., inf. a house, apartment, or other building, esp. as being a person's home: John's new gaff is on McDonald Road.

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gaff1 hook XIII; fishing-spear XVII; steel spur XVIII. — Pr. gaf hook, of uncert. orig.

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gaff2 (sl.) secret, in phr. blow the gaff. XIX. of unkn. orig.

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gaffcaff, carafe, faff, gaff, gaffe, naff, Najaf, piaffe, Taff •Piaf • chiffchaff • decaf • pilaf • Olaf •paraph • riffraff • Asaph

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