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gouge / gouj/ • n. 1. a chisel with a concave blade, used in carpentry, sculpture, and surgery. 2. an indentation or groove made by gouging. • v. [tr.] 1. make (a groove, hole, or indentation) with or as if with a gouge: the channel had been gouged out by the ebbing water. ∎  make a rough hole or indentation in (a surface), esp. so as to mar or disfigure it: he had wielded the blade inexpertly, gouging the grass in several places. ∎  (gouge something out) cut or force something out roughly or brutally: one of his eyes had been gouged out. 2. inf. overcharge; swindle: the airline ends up gouging the very passengers it is supposed to assist. DERIVATIVES: goug·er n.

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gouge Clay filling in a mineral vein, or clay material between fault planes produced by movement along the fault.

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gouge chisel with concave blade. XV. — (O)F. :- late L. gu(l)bia, perh. of Celt. orig.
Hence vb. XVI.

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gouge (gowj) n. a curved chisel used in orthopaedic operations to cut and remove bone.

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