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Definition of "gouge" []

  • A chisel with a rounded, troughlike blade. (noun)
  • A scooping or digging action, as with such a chisel. (noun)
  • A groove or hole scooped with or as if with such a chisel. (noun)
  • Informal A large amount, as of money, exacted or extorted. (noun)
  • To cut or scoop out with or as if with a gouge: "He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane” ( Vladimir Nabokov). (verb-transitive)
  • To scoop or force (something) out of its position, esp with the fingers or a pointed instrument (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cut (a hole or groove) in (something) with a sharp instrument or tool (verb)
  • To extort from (verb)
  • To dig for (opal) (verb)
  • A type of chisel with a blade that has a concavo-convex section (noun)
  • A mark or groove made with, or as if with, a gouge (noun)
  • A fine deposit of rock fragments, esp clay, occurring between the walls of a fault or mineral vein (noun)
  • Extortion; swindling (noun)

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Use "gouge" in a sentence
  • "_I immediately declared in favour of "gouge" -- a decision for which Mr. Slumper, to whom victory is even more terrible than defeat, will thank me yet."
  • "TUCHMAN: The city is imploring business people not to price gouge, which is happening in some cases."
  • "There in the gouge was a length of pipe a few hundred feet in diameter."