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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

To face and withstand intense censure or criticism. I made the decision to go ahead with my plan and stand the gaff later, if it came to it. You must be willing to stand the gaff if your hope to make any worthwhile progress in this business.
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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]
See also: gaff, stand

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.
See also: blow, gaff

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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"But the other weighed 52 pounds, legal by a few inches, so we gaffed it and made fish dip.
While Judy held the rod, I reached down and gaffed the big fish and pulled it on board.
The Duke of Edinburgh gaffed again yesterday, claiming he'd been a university's chancellor for 50 years.
I gaffed the fish and we all jumped with joy and Jackson was full of pride.
Reminded by his co-host that the actor's surname was actually Thaw, Brazil gaffed: "I've been doing that all morning.
Many captains report improved temperament out of both mahi and cobia when they are netted, as opposed to being gaffed. Obviously, if any species is questionable for the size limit, netting it is better for the health of the fish.
Civil servants had pulled he plug on the call when they realised to their horror that they had gaffed.
Quickly I gaffed the fish again and pulled it into the boat.