a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
an act of gouging.
a groove or hole made by gouging.
an act or instance of extorting or overcharging; a swindle.
the amount of money extorted or overcharged:a gouge of $20 for shipping and delivery.
a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.
to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge: to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: to gouge out an eye.
to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg.
to extort from, overcharge, or swindle: drug companies that gouge consumers and the government.
to engage in extortion, overcharging, or swindling: I bought a lot of my clothes there before they began gouging.
- goug·er, noun
- un·gouged, adjective
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How to use gouge in a sentence
Eyes gouged, necks snapped, and even some good old fashioned cannibalism.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014 | Melissa Leon | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, Coulter gouged a string of fellow conservatives, leaving Hannity struggling to get a word in edgewise.How Bad Is It? Even Ann Coulter Has Turned On Conservatives | Michelle Cottle | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
With her left hand, she gouged at his eyes in an attempt to free herself.Chris Brown Doesn’t Deserve Forgiveness for Beating Rihanna | Marlow Stern | February 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
My head was swimming a bit, and there was a throb of pain from my side where a slug had gouged a path.
Behind him wavered a long, deep-gouged furrow-trail, pitiful attest of suffering.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
They were very vicious fighters, and not only gouged and scratched, but frequently bit off noses and ears.The Word Hoosier; John Finley | Jacob Piatt Dunn
Instantly fierce snaps followed, and when he drew out the dripping stick, its extremity was gouged as if with dagger stabs.Up the Forked River | Edward Sylvester Ellis
These are placed in a lathe and gouged out, forming the pin in the rough.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
British Dictionary definitions for gouge
(usually foll by out) to scoop or force (something) out of its position, esp with the fingers or a pointed instrument
(sometimes foll by out) to cut (a hole or groove) in (something) with a sharp instrument or tool
US and Canadian informal to extort from
(also intr) Australian to dig for (opal)
a type of chisel with a blade that has a concavo-convex section
a mark or groove made with, or as if with, a gouge
geology a fine deposit of rock fragments, esp clay, occurring between the walls of a fault or mineral vein
US and Canadian informal extortion; swindling
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