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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2013-04-14 11:20 am

Prompt #166

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Today's word is: gouge

gouge [gouj] noun, verb, gouged, gougĀ·ing.

1. a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
2. an act of gouging.
3. a groove or hole made by gouging.
4. an act of extortion; swindle.
5. Geology .
a. a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
b. fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.

verb (used with object)
6. to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge: to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
7. to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: to gouge out an eye.
8. to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg.
9. to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.

verb (used without object)
10. to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like: I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.

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