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Gouge   /gaʊdʒ/   Listen

Force with the thumb.  Synonym: force out.
Obtain by coercion or intimidation.  Synonyms: extort, rack, squeeze, wring.  "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
Make a groove in.  Synonym: rout.

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"Gouge" Quotes from Famous Books

... some Northern hotel, or a chivalrous son of South Carolina, elegantly idling away a few years in a New-England university, would shoot some base-born tutor, or, as an episode in Congressional proceedings, the member from Arkansas would threaten to pull the nose, spit in the face, and gouge out the eyes of the (profane participled) sneaking Yankee,—meaning thereby a quiet, inoffensive member from Massachusetts. But these incidents of Southern civilization were not frequent enough to become fashionable. We still clung to our plebeian prejudices against lawless ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XI., April, 1863, No. LXVI. - A Magazine Of Literature, Art, And Politics. • Various

... extirpation except under very special conditions, among which that of diminutive size has been named; this seems in itself to constitute a sufficient negative argument. Even in such a case a resort to the knife or the gouge could scarcely find a justification, since no operative procedure is ever without a degree of hazard, to say nothing of the considerations which are always forcibly negative in any question of the infliction of pain and the unnecessary use ...
— Special Report on Diseases of the Horse • United States Department of Agriculture

... that isn't my chief objection to town. I simply can't endure the noise and confusion and the manifold stinks, and the universal city attitude—which is to gouge the other fellow before he gouges you. Too much like a dog fight. No, I haven't any mission to remedy social and economic ills. I'm taking the egotistic view that it doesn't concern me, that I'm perfectly justified in enjoying myself in my own way, seeing that I'm in a position to ...
— North of Fifty-Three • Bertrand W. Sinclair

... the going harder at home than it was in France. A lot of promises and preachments don't fit in with performance since the guns have stopped talking. I suppose that doesn't seem reasonable to people like you," MacRae found himself saying. "You don't have to gouge and claw a living out of the world. Or at least, if there is any gouging and clawing to be done, you are not personally involved in it. You get ...
— Poor Man's Rock • Bertrand W. Sinclair

... necessity of making restitution. In the act of grabbing, however, the robbers fell out with one another, and, presto! they are in the public square where all men, women, and children, cats, dogs, and asses may see and hear as they gouge, bite, and accuse each ...
— Frenzied Finance - Vol. 1: The Crime of Amalgamated • Thomas W. Lawson

Words linked to "Gouge" :   overcharge, core out, defect, surcharge, squeeze, blemish, hollow, rout, creating by removal, hook, plume, rob, fleece, gazump, edge tool, dig, bleed, mar, hollow out, mutilate, soak, pluck

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