- 1A stick with a hook or barbed spear, for landing large fish.More example sentences
- Before commercialization, when lobsters were fished as a subsistence item, or for sale or barter in small local markets, they were typically fished by hand or with gaffs and spears.
- The five-part sculpture tells a story from the folk history of Kiltimagh and illustrates the drama of the catching of salmon by the illegal gaff and spear on winter nights in the early 1900s.
- This fish we fight for about 15 minutes, but we are using a small diameter wind-on and cannot get the fish within range of the gaff even though we have most of the leader on the reel.
- 2 Sailing A spar to which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is bent: [in combination]: a gaff-rigged cutterMore example sentences
- Vessels built of ferrocement may be accepted if they have a gaff or traditional schooner rig.
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- Seize or impale with a gaff: the whales are gaffed, speared, or knifed to deathMore example sentences
- Therefore, I favour such deceptive tactics as dragging a small, weighted hook wrapped in colourful wool across the sandy bottom and gaffing the unsuspecting honeymooners mid-coitus.
- With a combination of moving back up the beach and leaning over almost 180 degrees backwards to put pressure on the rod, we managed to get it into the surf, whereupon our excellent guide leaped in and gaffed it.
- Adams fought the fish for over half an hour before he finally reeled in and gaffed the exhausted bass.
Middle English: from Provençal gaf 'hook'; related to gaffe.
Entry from US English dictionary
noun(in phrase blow the gaff) British • informal
- Reveal a plot or secret: he was about to blow the gaff on the conspiracyMore example sentences
- The rules were, to begin with, difficult to master, since, as a journalist, one's entire instinct was to blow the gaff.
- Well… we could hardly blow the gaff on a fairytale, could we?
- To sugar the pill they sent me to review a very good book, which appeared recently, The Spanish Cockpit, which blows the gaff pretty well on what has been happening.
early 19th century: of unknown origin.
nounBritish • informal
- A house, flat, or other building, especially as being a person’s home: Gav’s new gaff is in McDonald RoadMore example sentences
- It is a luxurious gaff with seven reception rooms and Prince Michael is getting away with one of the best housing benefit scams in the land.
- One's a millionaire, one has done really well and lives in Ireland, one of them has a big gaff in the New Town.
- I may have liked God when I was three, as I testified on the study wall, but He certainly wouldn't be very fond of me when He found out what I'd done to His gaff in Acton.
mid 18th century (in sense 'a fair'): of unknown origin.