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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]
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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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After years of lost fish, I have come to the conclusion that there are almost as many factors to consider when choosing a gaff, as there are in choosing a rod and reel.
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Your crew should be ready with gaffs waiting should the need for assistance arise.
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It's either Oxford or Cambridge" landed him in the list of worst gaffs.
Get the net: Gaffs are great tools in the hands of experienced crew, but if you're running the boat and relying on a guest to help land a big fish, a good net is just about goof-proof.
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Not wanting to let a good meal get away, we got out two gaffs and hauled the torso onboard.
Lost was the marlin, two gaffs and any shot at the tournament trophy, which was taken by a 183-pounder boated aboard the Gambler, captained by Billy Miyagawa.
He laughed about one of the gaffs when a Spanish singer was set to be interviewed.