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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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Although I have experienced such off-the-cuff, supposedly humorous, comments before, I was stunned by the gaffe That the mooted next leader of an organisation that represents one-third of the people on the planet commented that I, a brown woman, did not look as if I was from a city in the UK is shocking.
Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams branded it an embarrassing gaffe that reveals a "callous lack of interest in Wales".
If you are going to write about the gaffes of others, make sure you get it right yourselves.
Giggled The gaffe - known as a Spoonerism - sent him into a coughing fit and he giggled through the news headlines.
Sometimes, as Gordo's gaffe illustrated, that can be uncomfortable, but the more you attempt to represent rather than rule, the easier it is to take people with you.
Gordon Brown's gaffe was a classic that will undoubtedly be aired ad nauseam.
Labour insiders suggested senior Plaid figures were furious with Ms Jones' "gaffe".
The gaffe was made in a questionnaire sent to thousands of people listing "anti-social behaviour issues" and asking which concerned them most.
His terrible gaffe in saying British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists in Iran has put her in a perilous position.
A TV presenter made a huge gaffe when he quizzed Bee Gee Robin Gibb about his dead brother's affair with Barbara Windsor...
The gaffe is similar to those made by Jade during series three of Big Brother.
CENTRAL TV newsreader Joanne Malin today apologised to viewers after an on-air gaffe when she said it was "p***ing it down" live on air.