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gaff

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a socially improper or unsuitable act or remark
  • you can expect to make some amusing gaffs until you get more familiar with the language

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2 an unintentional departure from truth or accuracy
  • double-check the new writer's grammar, as it's typically riddled with gaffs

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gaff

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of gaff (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause to believe what is untrue
  • a sleazy schemer who gaffed gullible people into thinking they could get rich with a money-making opportunity

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2 to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • the operators of the traveling carnival had gaffed patrons with a variety of time-honored ruses

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The first known use of gaff was circa 1656

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“Gaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gaff. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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