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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.
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gouge (something) out

To remove something from something else by scraping or scooping. You need to gouge the innards out first, then we can carve a face on the pumpkin.
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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
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Fill any deep gouges and spend your time sanding out scratches while the filler sets up.
Dried dromedary dung," Hoyt Fox snorted, to which Gouge returned a well-known signal.
The new solutions are a repair patch fitting for defective butt fusions and a repair sleeve that is said to be able to accommodate pipe defects and gouges of varying lengths.
5-inch-long, 2-inch-wide gouge and dig all the way through the thermal tiles.
3 gouge, starts the series of tools that have a slight curve to the cutting edge.
I'm still wondering how they repaired the gouge in the receiver without replacing it but whatever they did it looks beautiful.
A new ultrafine, high-aspect-ratio wollastonite filler for polyolefins is engineered to enhance mar, scratch, and gouge resistance.
TSUM spokeswoman Sandra Gouge said computer hackers apparently were to blame.
A problem, however, arose: the defendant, Gouge, refused to answer Oxford's suit, arguing that a judgment at common law could not be questioned in Chancery.
275-276 and William Gouge, Eight Treatises of Domesticall Duties (London, 1622), pp.
There are significant penalties if you price gouge in a crisis like this.
The Stop Price Gouging Act would for the first time impose stiff penalties on drug companies that gouge the prices of medicines that their patients rely on for lifesaving treatment, said Senator Gillibrand.
In the second half Ospreys prop Paul James appeared to indicate to French referee Christophe Berdos, by pointing to his eye, that an opposition player had tried to gouge him.
NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after lift-off.