- 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.
verb (used with object), gouged, goug·ing.
verb (used without object), gouged, goug·ing.
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Origin of gouge
OTHER WORDS FROM gougegoug·er, nounun·gouged, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for gouge
But Uber's surges are not price gouging, as some have erroneously claimed.
Jails and prisons across the country are eliminating in-person and contact visits and instead gouging prisoners for video.‘Progressive Jail’ Is a 21st-Century Hell, Inmates Complain|Sarah Shourd|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He protected coal miners on strike—and cracked down on price—gouging railroads.
Federal rules limit the tolls that can be charged on inter-state pipelines to prevent gouging.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches|ProPublica|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
News that the securities firm where he worked after his FBI gig was “sanctioned repeatedly by regulators for gouging customers.”Rep. ‘Break You in Half’ Grimm Is a Hothead With a Shady Past|David Freedlander|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then they were down and rolling over and over, clawing and gouging, until Captain DeCastros inevitably emerged upon top.The Marooner|Charles A. Stearns
To-day we stand with one foot on Princeton's neck and the heel of the other foot gouging into Harvard's back.Frank Merriwell's Races|Burt L. Standish
Slim grunted and moved away from a grass-hidden rock that was gouging him in the back.The Happy Family|Bertha Muzzy Bower
With a crash she struck the "Miami" a glancing blow on the port-bow, gouging off two great planks.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
The name of Kentuckian is constantly associated with the idea of fighting, dirking, and gouging.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West|J. M. Peck