gaffle

[gaf-uh l]New England (chiefly Maine ).

verb (used with object), gaf·fled, gaf·fling.

to take hold of; seize.

verb (used without object), gaf·fled, gaf·fling.

to take as one's own (used in the phrase gaffle on to): I'm going to gaffle on to that last piece of pie.

Origin of gaffle

1930–35; perhaps blend of gaff1 and grapple
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