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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.
See also: gouge, out

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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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Those applauding the arrest of the "price gougers" in Raleigh were not indifferent to their narrow self-interest, but they were driven by more than that.
The development of machines (gougers) in the 1840s, which replaced the simple hand tools that previously had been used, allowed players to make large numbers of reeds that could meet the new demands placed on orchestral and solo bassoonists.
"Those price gougers are committing economic sabotage against the Filipino people.
Management appears content with a significant Southeast portfolio boost and not inclined to school regulators in federal court on the limited value of a monopoly in a business where up to half the volume rests on the zero-sum nature of state and local agency budgets; and, day-to-day functions like hauling and truck routing, or long-term measures like site permitting, turn on the good graces of city, county and state officials mindful of price gougers.
Once again the Congressional minions of the pharma cartels and insurance gougers are being whipped into repealing the Affordable Care Act.
It cannot be immoral for entrepreneurs to sell at higher prices things that people could not otherwise obtain (at the same time and place); these price gougers do not in any way worsen the situation of their customers compared to the latter's alternatives if the former were not there.
Price gougers also know a good thing when they see it, such as charging ridiculous prices just for bottled water or motel rooms.
Proponents of the legislation also claim that it would allow Frosh to sue pharmaceutical "price gougers." But the law, according to AAM, protects high-price brand name drug companies, while it punishes lower-cost generic alternatives.
(45.) "After Fran, Cleanup Starts; City Targets Price Gougers," Wilmington Morning Star, September 8, 1996.
The editor states that some people compare ticket scalpers to "payday loan sharks and gasoline gougers." We would agree.
The soaring cost of living was worsened by the activities of people the Daily News castigated as 'profiteers' and 'price gougers'--traders who hoarded basic foodstuffs to force up prices.
(58) Gougers, therefore, pervert the marketplace by raising the price of goods not in response to changing market equilibriums, but rather based on a desire to accumulate profit, which some politicians find reaches a level of offensiveness that warrants regulation.
These are the prices that politicians are most likely to prevent from rising to their market-clearing levels with price ceilings (or threats against price "gougers") when they increase rapidly because of a sudden increase in demand or interruption in supply.
Hand drums were hourglass-shaped and made from immature tree trunks hollowed out with the use of embers and gougers. Their distal ends were decorated with carved and painted designs and their tympana made of lizard skin tuned with wax knobs.
Inflation and high levels of engagement of the state in saving capitalism has raised mass discontent from a local protest against local price gougers and profiteers to a national political protest against a class biased state, which ignores deteriorating living standards and concerns itself only with the very rich.