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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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blow the gaff

  (British old-fashioned, informal)
to cause trouble for someone by letting other people know something that they were trying to keep secret (often + on ) They killed Green because he was about to blow the gaff on their drug dealing.
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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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Gary Gaffing was abusive to staff and police when he was barred from the Clock pub in Springwell Avenue, Wrekenton, Gateshead, last Christmas Eve.
Gaffing cites the misfortune of a female client who co-signed for a credit card for her husband.
Fearing he'd knock the fish off, Wright insisted on Watson gaffing it himself.
On various televised fishing shows, I've heard guides say they never lip-gaff tarpon because these fish are suction feeders and gaffing may impair their feeding ability.
The deck-hands rushed back and forth, gaffing fish and slinging them into giant boxes.
The thrill of cobia fishing is the hunt, the cast and the fight, not the gaffing and bloody icebox.