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1. gaff

a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock

2. gaff

a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail

3. gaff

an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish

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see synonyms of gaff
1. angling
a stiff pole with a stout prong or hook attached for landing large fish
2. nautical
a boom hoisted aft of a mast to support a gaffsail
a metal spur fixed to the leg of a gamecock
verb (transitive)
4. angling
to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff
5. slang
to cheat; hoax
1. slang
foolish talk; nonsense
2.  blow the gaff
3.  stand the gaff
noun British slang, archaic
a person's home, esp a flat
2. Also called: penny-gaff
a cheap or low-class place of entertainment, esp a cheap theatre or music hall in Victorian England

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see synonyms of gaff
a large, strong hook on a pole, or a barbed spear, used in landing large fish
a sharp metal spur fastened to the leg of a gamecock
any of the steel points on a lineman's climbing iron
a spar or pole extending from the after side of a mast and supporting a fore-and-aft sail
b.  Us Navy
a similarly located spar on the mainmast, from which the ensign is flown when a ship is underway
4.  Slang
any secret device for cheating
5.  British, Slang
a cheap theater, dance hall, etc.
verb transitive
to strike or land (a fish) with a gaff
7.  Chiefly British, Slang
to cheat; hoax; trick
8.  Nautical; Slang
to rig with a gaff
foolish talk; nonsense

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see synonyms of gaff
1. A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
2. Nautical A spar attached to a mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
a. A sharp metal spur or spike fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
b. A climbing hook used by telephone and electric line workers.
4. Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
5. A tight-fitting undergarment designed to secure the male genitals between the legs and create the appearance of a smooth crotch.
6. Slang Harshness of treatment; abuse.
tr.v. gaffed, gaf·fing, gaffs
1. To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.
2. To equip (a gamecock) with a gaff.
3. Slang
a. To take in or defraud; swindle.
b. To rig or fix in order to cheat: knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.
Chiefly British
1. A public place of entertainment, especially a cheap or disreputable music hall or theater.
2. Slang A house, building, or apartment, especially where one resides.

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