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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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In this untouched wonderland you come to believe that you are following in the tracks of the rainbow serpent, who is said to have gouged out the gorge in the Dreamtime.
That is when the mile-long lake was gouged out by glaciers as they melted to form Wales's second biggest natural lake, 500ft above sea level.
QUETTA -- A man's eyes were gouged out by his father and brothers after he expressed his desire to marry of his own free-will in Naseerabad area of Loralai district on Sunday.
Summary: A man who gouged out one of the eyes of his ex-girlfriend has been jailed for 12 years.
INDIA has asked Saudi Arabia to sympathetically review the case of an Indian worker after a court ordered his eye be gouged out for accidentally blinding a Saudi national in one eye during a scuffle.
AN attack victim called Stephen King yesterday told of his horror when he thought his eye would be gouged out in a fight.