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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]
See also: gaff, stand
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We do know that the phrase, "standing the gaff," meaning to "stay the course on a picket line" or to "stand up against injustice," has indeed entered oral tradition and still survives in Cape Breton Island.
They can't stand the gaff." Frank calls this "one of the most memorable statements in Cape Breton labour history," and "the remark was regarded as an offensive slur." In turn, "Standing the Gaff" became "a rallying cry of the strike" (Frank 1999: 374).