Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAFFING

When I came to myself, Luke was gaffing the trout at the boat-side.

With the greatest care you select the best spot for gaffing him, and successfully get the gaff free from your shoulder.

Nothing, however, could induce the fish to come into the moderately slack water where gaffing would have been an easy matter.

Gaffing is or was one of the ten thousand modes of swindling practised in London.

Gaffing began, and the billiard-marker before described was pitched upon to 'do' the stranger.

Gaffing the buoy aboard, he pulled up the anchor, and soon was hauling in the trawl over the wooden roller on the starboard bow.

WORD ORIGIN

"iron hook," c.1300, gaffe, from Old French gaffe "boat hook" (see gaffe). Specifically of the hook on a fishing spear from 1650s.