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1 a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
2 an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish

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  1. In the context of "fishing": A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, used to pull in large fish.
  2. (British slang) A place of residence.
    We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.
  3. In the context of "nautical": The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
  4. A minor error or faux pas.
    We politely ignored his gaff.
  5. A trick or con.
    The sideshow feat was a just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.
  6. A garment worn to hide the genitals by male transvestites.



  1. To use a gaff to land a fish.

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