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- n. A lever used to bend a crossbow
- n. A steel spur attached to a gamecock
- v. To seize
- v. To steal
- v. Gaffling is a planning technique for orienteering relay courses whereby individual routes are planned so as to vary slightly and to make following difficult. This means that the competition depends more on navigational skills rather than just physical ability. See British Orienteering Federation's Event Guideline F for Relay Events, Section 3.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An artificial spur or gaff for gamecocks.
- n. A lever to bend crossbows.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A portable fork of iron or wood in which the heavy musket formerly in use was rested that it might be accurately aimed and fired.
- n. The steel lever by the aid of which crossbows were bent.
- n. An artificial spur of steel put on a cock when it is set to fight.
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Even if I'm talking to other adults, I will respond with things like "gaffle" and "butt hurt" sorry I don't know if a hyphen goes in or not.
I had not heard "gaffle" and "butt hurt" before, by the way.
Scarcely a second did they eye one another when crack! slap! they were at it, wing and gaffle.
When fired it was-placed upon an iron gaffle or fork, which: the soldier carried with him, and stuck before him into the ground.
When fired it was - placed upon an iron gaffle or fork, which: the soldier carried with him, and stuck before him into the ground.
Consider these entries, all from the Gs: gaffle (several men gaffle into something heavy and lift it together), goose greens, grinding sheep, gundalow, gunkhole, gurnet, gurry and gurrybutt, guzzle hole.