stand the gaff

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]
See also: gaff, stand
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All successful leaders and business men have the enduring capacity to stand the gaff.
Then spoke their chief official (who would grace our service here) As he mocked the suffering children with a laugh; "From these angry, cursing miners we have nothing now to fear, For I'm positive they cannot stand the gaff.
Prompted by the phrase "they can't stand the gaff," the poem castigates the company for its treatment of its workers.
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