Definition of gouge in English:

gouge

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Pronunciation: /gaʊdʒ
 
, guːdʒ
 
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noun

1A chisel with a concave blade, used in carpentry, sculpture, and surgery.
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  • A chisel, two gouges, jewelers' shears, and the plane blade were made in Sheffield.
  • A pod auger requires a starting hole which usually is made with a gouge or chisel.
  • The students are cautioned to cut away from themselves because the gouge blades are sharp.
2An indentation or groove made by gouging.
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  • The knife in my hands slipped when the wagon hit a rut, nicking a rogue gouge from the piece of wood I was absently whittling down to a toothpick.
  • Regular inspection helps workers to screen for equipment that may have been weakened by corrosion, leakage, pitting, dents or gouges.
  • Old carpet samples or large pieces of cardboard are great for sliding appliances out of position, while at the same time, protecting the floor from gouges or scratches.

verb

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1Make (a groove, hole, or indentation) with or as if with a gouge: the channel had been gouged out by the ebbing water
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  • At the rear of the craft struts integral to the ship's docking facilities were bent and crumpled as it hit stern-first, gouging a huge rut through the earth.
  • The big storm last week caused some damage, especially near Coles Corner, where the giant waves gouged a hole in the sea wall and washed out some of the pavement.
  • Witnesses said the blast gouged a hole in the ground and propelled the car about 30 ft.
Synonyms
1.1Make a rough hole or indentation in (a surface), especially so as to mar or disfigure it: he had wielded the blade inexpertly, gouging the grass in several places
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  • Scratch and gouge both sides of the purse.
  • The ominous mist of dust and sand left by the storm has lifted, and the crevices and gullies that gouge the sides of the mountains stand out in sharp relief.
  • The surface may be soft, so be careful not to gouge it with the scraper.
1.2 (gouge something out) Cut or force something out roughly or brutally: one of the young man’s eyes had been gouged out
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  • It has been set on fire twice, faces have been gouged out of the religious icons, walls have been daubed and even the Albanian children, as young as seven and eight, want to see the church removed and a Mosque put in its place.
  • How about if I gouge them out with a wooden spoon?
  • If anyone emails me their answers to these, I will hunt them down and gouge their eyes out.
1.3 [no object] Australian Dig for minerals, especially opal: he was gouging for ore
2North American informal Overcharge or swindle (someone): drugs sold by the same manufacturers who are gouging patients in this country
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  • With the buzz about a possible war helping to drive prices ever higher, we'll look at whether profiteers are gouging you by the gallon.
  • Most airlines in the US will gouge you for taking your bicycle on board, but the Mexican airlines usually let it pass as just another piece of luggage.
  • Is it possible the insurance companies are gouging us?
2.1 (gouge something out) Obtain money by swindling or extortion: he’d gouged wads out of Morty
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  • My lawyer is bringing a suit against him, so maybe we'll be able to gouge something out of him.
  • They were very ambitious, they gouged money out of businesses and governments and so on and they really fought for something.
  • Last year alone, $239 million of hard-working Kiwis' money was gouged out of them and just thrown out, and this Government was totally culpable for that.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin gubia, gulbia, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Old Irish gulba 'beak' and Welsh gylf 'beak, pointed instrument'.

Derivatives

gouger

noun
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  • Myself and friend intervened and managed to free the man from these gougers.
  • So, this is a very difficult situation, and they are trying to stop people like the price gougers and perhaps the looters from making things even worse.
  • He has slammed the gougers who damaged the bins within 24 hours of them being put in place.

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