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gaff

1. Angling a stiff pole with a stout prong or hook attached for landing large fish
2. Nautical a boom hoisted aft of a mast to support a gaffsail
3. a metal spur fixed to the leg of a gamecock
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If Zaghari-Ratcliffe does have her imprisonment extended due to Johnson's latest gaffe, he should do the honourable thing and offer to serve that time in her place.
One of the users tweeted, "Too much to expect #RahulGandhi to make it through the evening without at least a minor gaffe.
The mix-up of the results, which was seen as a 'Steve Harvey' moment in relation to his gaffe in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, surged as a hot topic on social media.
And so the "basket of deplorables" has found its place alongside other debris in the gaffe sewer of recent elections, including this stinker from a fundraiser in San Francisco in 2008: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the midwest, the jobs have gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them.
WHEN it comes to political gaffes, there are so many to choose from.
For those who wish the president to resign or simply leave office, the gaffe was a helpful reminder that he might not actually be capable of being presidential.
Mr Balls dismissed the Prime Minister's attempts to explain away his gaffe and said: "They have the same colour shirts but so do Liverpool and Manchester United.
CLARE Balding has been saddled with an unwanted honour after topping a poll of the funniest horse-racing gaffes of all time.
Salmond, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, said that Mr Abbott had always been famous or infamous for his political gaffe.
He made a third policy gaffe in September by saying prisoners should be served perfectly-round apples to avoid riots.
Only 77 days from being executed for murder, domestic violence victim Gaffe Owens was granted a reprieve by Tennessee's Gov.
30 that was heard around the world before ending squarely in his foot, he didn't dream that he and Mel Gibson would share something in common: an embarrassing gaffe that probably revealed what they really thought about an issue.