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blow the gaff

slang To talk about or reveal a private or secret matter. Primarily heard in UK. I can't believe you blew the gaff and talked about the plans for her surprise party right to her face! Don't tell your little brother anything you want to keep secret because he'll definitely blow the gaff.
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stand the gaff

Take severe criticism or other adversity in stride, as in If you can't stand the gaff, don't try running for office. [Slang; late 1800s]
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blow the gaff

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you blow the gaff, you tell people something which was supposed to be kept secret. He is certainly not the first minister to blow the gaff. Note: `Blow' here means `reveal'. In the 19th century, `gaff' was a slang word used to refer to dishonest behaviour which was intended to deceive people.
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blow the gaff

reveal or let out a plot or secret. British informal
The word gaff is recorded from the early 19th century, but its origins are uncertain.
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blow the ˈgaff (on somebody/something)

(British English, informal) reveal a secret: She didn’t want anyone to know where she had been, but her husband blew the gaff. OPPOSITE: keep mum
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Chapman accused Gaffing of "creating a distorted picture.
Gaffing summed up the discussion, saying: "The debate held here has been decided.
The tone of the meeting recalled another committee session in January, when Gaffing expressed his position on the Big Bang to a room full of scientists and researchers.
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Unemployed Gaffing, of Whingate Gardens, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, breaching the conditional discharge and absconding.
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Tasks include clearing the lines, prepping for gaffing the fish, and simply being out of the way when the fish is to be boated.
The thrill of cobia fishing is the hunt, the cast and the fight, not the gaffing and bloody icebox.