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gouge (something) out of (someone or something)

1. To obtain something from someone by deceiving or swindling them. I don't trust that guy—I bet he's trying to gouge your life's savings out of you.
2. To remove something from something else by scraping or scooping. You need to gouge the innards out of the pumpkin first.
See also: gouge, of, out

gouge out

To remove something from something else by scraping or scooping. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gouge" and "out." You need to gouge out the innards first, then we can carve a face on the pumpkin.
See also: gouge, out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gouge something out of someone

to cheat someone out of something. (Compare this with chisel something out of someone.) They gouged the money out of the old man. The crooks gouged the life savings out of the old lady.
See also: gouge, of, out

gouge something out of something

 and gouge something out
to scoop or chisel something out of something. Tom gouged a horrible furrow out of the wood of the piano bench. He gouged out a horrible scratch.
See also: gouge, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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