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gobo

[goh-boh] /ˈgoʊ boʊ/
noun, plural gobos, goboes. Movies, Television.
1.
a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
2.
a screen or sheet of sound-absorbent material for shielding a microphone from sounds coming from a particular direction.
Origin of gobo
1925-1930
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; origin uncertain
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  • Then gobo, feeling that the situation was getting strained, gave in.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • But the third, it was my friend gobo, could not by any means get away.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • So I sat there, looking fierce as a lion, and keeping the sight of my rifle in a dead line for gobo's ribs.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Accordingly we started in a crouching attitude, I first, gobo holding on to my coat tails, and the other boy on to gobo's moocha.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • However, I wriggled along somehow, and if it had not been for gobo and his friend no doubt everything would have gone well.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • About four o'clock, however, gobo woke me up, and told me that the head man of one of Wambe's kraals had arrived to see me.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • He certainly was a fool, but he must not be allowed to continue in his folly; and he, gobo, had determined to put a stop to it.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Ever since I had prepared with all due solemnity to execute the rebellious gobo they had conceived a great respect for me.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Stay, I would give an order,'—and calling to gobo, I ordered him to get the men ready for instant departure.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • At any rate she reached the foot of the peak second, poor gobo, who was an excellent hand at running away, being first.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for gobo

gobo

/ˈɡəʊbəʊ/
noun (pl) -bos, -boes
1.
a shield placed around a microphone to exclude unwanted sounds
2.
a black screen placed around a camera lens, television lens, etc, to reduce the incident light
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gobo

1930, American English, Hollywood movie set slang, of unknown origin, perhaps somehow from go-between.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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