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gouge

GOUGE, n. gouj. A round hollow chisel, used to cut holes, channels or grooves in wood or stone.

GOUGE, v.t. gouj. To scoop out with a gouge.

1. To force out the eye of a person with the thumb or finger; a barbarous practice.



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GOUGE, n. gouj. A round hollow chisel, used to cut holes, channels or grooves in wood or stone.

GOUGE, v.t. gouj. To scoop out with a gouge.

1. To force out the eye of a person with the thumb or finger; a barbarous practice.

GOUGE, n. [gouj; Fr. gouge; Arm. gouich.]

A round hollow chisel, used to cut holes, channels or grooves in wood or stone. Moxom.


GOUGE, v.t. [gouj.]

  1. To scoop out with a gouge.
  2. To force out the eye of a person with the thumb or finger; a barbarous practice.

Gouge
  1. A chisel, with a hollow or semicylindrical blade, for scooping or cutting holes, channels, or grooves, in wood, stone, etc.; a similar instrument, with curved edge, for turning wood.
  2. To scoop out with a gouge.
  3. A bookbinder's tool for blind tooling or gilding, having a face which forms a curve.

  4. To scoop out, as an eye, with the thumb nail] to force out the eye of (a person) with the thumb.

    [K S.]

    * A barbarity mentioned by some travelers as formerly practiced in the brutal frays of desperadoes in some parts of the United States.

  5. An incising tool which cuts forms or blanks for gloves, envelopes, etc. from leather, paper, etc.

    Knight.
  6. To cheat in a bargain; to chouse.

    [Slang, U. S.]
  7. Soft material lying between the wall of a vein and the solid vein.

    Raymond.
  8. The act of scooping out with a gouge, or as with a gouge; a groove or cavity scooped out, as with a gouge.
  9. Imposition; cheat; fraud; also, an impostor; a cheat; a trickish person.

    [Slang, U. S.]

    Gouge bit, a boring bit, shaped like a gouge.

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Gouge

GOUGE, noun gouj. A round hollow chisel, used to cut holes, channels or grooves in wood or stone.

GOUGE, verb transitive gouj. To scoop out with a gouge

1. To force out the eye of a person with the thumb or finger; a barbarous practice.

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