My trees are troubled with canker-worm, tent-caterpillar, and leaf-crumpler; my apples with codling-moth and gouger.
If it was Mr. gouger who had rejected his work, it was Mr. gouger that he must see.
Usually a gouger asked several pounds more than he expected to get.
"No," responded Mr. gouger, disposing of that theory in one breath.
Mr. gouger's face bore its gentlest expression at that moment.
Mr. gouger pursed up his lips, and uttered an impatient, "Pah!"
My trees are troubled with root aphis; my apples are bothered by codling-moth, gouger, and blue jays.
"You might at least have got an introduction for him," said gouger, reflectively.
Not knowing where else to turn he went to see Mr. gouger, to whom he unbosomed the result of his call.
"You were right, Mr. gouger," he said, turning to that gentleman.
mid-14c., "chisel with a concave blade," from Old French gouge, from Late Latin gubia, alteration of gulbia "hollow beveled chisel," probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gulban "prick, prickle," Welsh gylfin "beak").
1560s, "to cut with a gouge," from gouge (n.). Meaning "to force out with a gouge" (especially of the eyes, in fighting) attested by 1800. Meaning "swindle" is American English colloquial from 1826 (implied in plural noun gougers). Related: Gouged; gouging.
A strong curved chisel used in bone surgery.