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"If your cask is leer, I warrant your purse is full, gaffer," shouted Hordle John.

What did “she” mean by talking of “Gaffer,” in that strange way?

There were deeper currents than any he had seen at Gaffer Quelch's school.

That's the only thing you seem to have brought with you from Gaffer Quelch's.

My gaffer, Ole, had done me the honour in the forenoon of losing an 18-lb.

D' ye know what the diggins the squire did it for, Gaffer Solomons?

Gaffer Jones was not there, nor was Mrs. Tilbury, nor any of her family.

There are a lot of them coming; but Gaffer Jones cant, nor can old Tilbury.

D'ye know what the diggins the Squire did it for, Gaffer Solomons?

Now tell me, gaffer, can one see as far as America, do you think?

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "elderly rustic," apparently a contraction of godfather (cf. gammer); originally "old man," it was applied from 1841 to foremen and supervisors, which sense carried over 20c. to "electrician in charge of lighting on a film set."

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