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Definition of gouge:

  1. A bookbinder's tool for blind tooling or gilding, having a face which forms a curve.
  2. A chisel, with a hollow or semicylindrical blade, for scooping or cutting holes, channels, or grooves, in wood, stone, etc.; a similar instrument, with curved edge, for turning wood.
  3. An incising tool which cuts forms or blanks for gloves, envelopes, etc. from leather, paper, etc.
  4. Imposition; cheat; fraud; also, an impostor; a cheat; a trickish person.
  5. Soft material lying between the wall of a vein aud the solid vein.
  6. The act of scooping out with a gouge, or as with a gouge; a groove or cavity scooped out, as with a gouge.
  7. To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away ( from); to tear away; to wring ( from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.

Synonyms:

mash, fire, dent, clip, groove, dig, fleece, take someone to the cleaners, constrict, rout, compact, drive out, wring from, squeeze, expel, evict, compress, skin, scud, crush, notch, press, hug, excruciate, scratch, terminate, soak, depose, overcharge, rip off, rack, stuff, prick, root, eject, spreadeagle, ding, squelch, shove, sack, contort, make someone pay through the nose, take someone for a ride, scoop, rootle, dismiss, give notice, displace, scalp, nick, extort, torture, pinch, force out, honest, twitch, embrace, distort, squeeze out, give the sack, torment, wring, twinge, bosom, spread-eagle, pressure, snick, rout out, thrust, incision, squirt, tweet, blackmail, slit, steal, can, squash, hale, single-foot, send away, deform, channel, give the axe, force, crowd out, contract, coerce, rouse.

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