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Definition of gouge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gouge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gouge
    BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒ//
     
    he / she / it gouges
    BrE BrE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪz//
     
    past simple gouged
    BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒd//
     
    past participle gouged
    BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒd//
     
    -ing form gouging
    BrE BrE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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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 had gouged her cheek with a screwdriver.
  2. 2gouge somebody/something (North American English) to force somebody 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin gubia, gulbia, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Old Irish gulba ‘beak’ and Welsh gylf ‘beak, pointed instrument’. Phrasal Verbsgouge somethingout (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gouge

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