gouge out

phrasal verb

gouged out; gouging out; gouges out
: 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.
: to make (a hole or path) by digging or cutting
The river gouged out a wide path between the mountains.

Examples of gouge out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adult men were lynched, but this was the first time a child was dragged out of his home and had his eye gouged out. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 The foot-and-a-half long shark latches onto prey with suction lips, digs in with its razor-sharp teeth, and spins its body to gouge out a plug of flesh. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 26 July 2023 Louis Jackson, 23, a shipyard worker, had an eye gouged out after being jumped at 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2023

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“Gouge out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouge%20out. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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