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Definition of gouge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gouge
    he / she / it gouges
    past simple gouged
    -ing form gouging
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  1. 1gouge something (in something) to make a hole or cut in something with a sharp object in a rough or violent way The lion's claws had gouged a wound in the horse's side. He accidentally gouged the wall with his screwdriver.
  2. 2gouge somebody/something to force someone to pay an unfairly high price for something; to raise prices unfairly Housing shortages permit landlords to gouge their renters. Price gouging is widespread.
  3. Phrasal Verbsgouge somethingout (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gouge

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