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
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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
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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