The young seals are gaffed without trouble: the old ones are shot.
The landing net was useless for one of his size, and I would not have him gaffed.
But, you see, I know Duncan: he has often gaffed fish for me.
The landing-net was useless for one of his size, and I would not have him gaffed.
On the third day he gaffed another seal as it floated past on a cake of ice.
I drew him slowly to my side, and gaffed him in four feet of water.
At the boatman's request, he gaffed the fish, which went off with the gaff and was lost, owing to the hook tearing away.
"If I ever gaff another fish, may I be gaffed myself," I said.
One day the little maid fell into the sea, but Bucca held her up until Uncle Malachi reached his gaff, and gaffed her in.
Captain Dan reached over with a gaff—and all but gaffed that swordfish before he sank too deep.
"iron hook," c.1300, gaffe, from Old French gaffe "boat hook" (see gaffe). Specifically of the hook on a fishing spear from 1650s.
"loud, rude talk," 1825, from Scottish dialect, perhaps a survival of Old English gafspræc "blasphemous or ribald speech," or from gaff (n.1), and cf. gaffe.
"cheap music hall or theater; place of amusement for the lowest classes," 1850s, British slang, earlier "a fair" (1753), of unknown origin.
A concealed device or operation that makes it impossible for the customer to win; gimmick: People started looking for a gaff (1893+ Carnival & hawkers)
[fr gaff, ''a hook'']