to take hold of; seize.
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.
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How to use gaffle in a sentence
When fired it was-placed upon an iron gaffle or fork, which: the soldier carried with him, and stuck before him into the ground.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete | John Lothrop Motley