gouge out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of gouge out

1 : to remove (something) by digging or cutting
  • The impact of the accident gouged a big piece out of the wall.
  • He threatened to gouge my eyes out.
2 : to make (a hole or path) by digging or cutting
  • The river gouged out a wide path between the mountains.

Word by Word Definitions

gouge play
  1. : a chisel with a concavo-convex cross section

  2. : the act of gouging

  3. : a groove or cavity scooped out

  1. : to scoop out with or as if with a gouge (see 1gouge 1)

  2. : to force out (an eye) with the thumb

  3. : to thrust the thumb into the eye of

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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