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gavel

small mallet used by judge or presiding officer to signal order. [Western Culture: Misc.]
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Apparently, gavels also make popular retirement gifts for people in the "law enforcement professions".
But in the UK gavels are the exclusive preserve of auctioneers, masters of ceremony and quiz hosts.
During the June 10 annual meeting of the Historical Society, President Frank Gagliardi told the story of the two gavels, while acknowledging Mr.
In awarding the Golden Gavels for the most innovative products, PC Magazine editors considered technologies, services and products categories, including PCs, network tools, Internet applications, software, PC development products, peripherals and multimedia.
Their book - ``Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies'' - rates legal movies on a scale of gavels instead of stars (``From the Hip'' got one gavel, the worst; ``My Cousin Vinny'' received four).