- to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
- to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.
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If any other Senator objects, the person with the gavel can put it to a floor vote, and if 50 votes plus the VP agree with the change, it’s game-on for a bare majority to run the floor.
If the person sitting atop the Senate and wielding the gavel says no, then they can start operating another way.
Supervisor Jim Desmond, a Republican who represents North County, is next up in the rotation, but he’s not likely to get the gavel.Morning Report: DNA Testing Reveals Local Fertility Fraud Cases|Voice of San Diego|January 5, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Despite serving 24 years in the Senate, Durbin is just now hitting the right seniority to be in line for a full committee gavel.Sen. Durbin willing to give up subcommittee post as peace offering amid Democrats’ post-election infighting|Paul Kane, Seung Min Kim|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
When I beat Thom Tillis, with y’alls help and support, this will be the seat that takes the gavel out of Mitch McConnell’s hands.In N.C., voters call Cunningham’s infidelity reckless, shocking. They still vote for the Democrat.|Rachael Bade, Pam Kelley|October 21, 2020|Washington Post
One advantage of Inhofe taking the gavel is that he might have to start playing defense.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or maybe show a photo of Ted Cruz holding a gavel chairing a subcommittee.Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You’ll Lose Congress|Dean Obeidallah|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cruz giving a speech in Senate chamber while licking a gavel à la Miley?
After the gavel, comes the chiming of wedding bells …and the ringing of cash registers.
They'd gavel in for a few moments once every couple of days, and then gavel out again.DC Appellate Court Rules Obama's Recess Appointment Unconstitutional|Megan McArdle|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A murmur ran through the court-room, quickly hushed by the insistent gavel.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
He seized the gavel and began pounding vigorously and the man with the weak voice never again caught his eye.
His right hand rested on his gavel, he thrust his left into the side pocket of his long alpaca coat.
When they had all seated themselves at a large oval table, Harkaman drew his pistol and used the butt for a gavel.Space Viking|Henry Beam Piper
"A burnt match," said the inspector, just as the clock struck five and the constable's gavel sounded a prelude to adjournment.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy