Usage examples for gaff

  1. When a gent gets the gaff for shore, he falls for'ard. – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  2. I will gaff him for you- but you must tell me how- for I never tried before." – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  3. I saw Wesley Marrs and Tommie Ohlsen- sorrowful and neither saying much- looking after their vessels- Ohlsen seeing to a new gaff. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  4. The handle was long, and the bow, as I had more than once tested, was powerful enough to use instead of a gaff for taking a twenty- five pound salmon out of his pool after he had been played to a standstill; and how any creature could drag it off through the woods without leaving a plain trail for my eyes to follow puzzled me, and excited a most lively curiosity to know who he was and why he had not eaten the fish where he found them. – A Little Brother to the Bear and other Animal Stories by William Long
  5. On looking through my glass I made out the star- and- stripe covered ensign, just then begun to be carried by provincial vessels, flying out proudly from her gaff end; while several ports at her side left me no longer in doubt that she was an enemy most devoutly to be wished away. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  6. Killigrew laughingly informed Carminow that Ishmael had never met an actress in his life, and in reply to Carminow's half- mocking commiseration, Ishmael answered gaily that he had never even been to the theatre, except to a penny gaff that once visited Penzance. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  7. We responded by running our ensign up to the gaff, but reserved our fire for a while, the skipper having as yet had no opportunity of finding out our lads' capabilities with the guns. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  8. One peculiarity of the bawleys is that, when at anchor, the mainsail, instead of being stowed with its spars parallel to the deck, is made up on its gaff, which is then hoisted with the throat seven or eight feet up the mast, while the peak rests on the stern. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  9. The barometer was falling rapidly, in spite of the stiller air, and he had had the royals and outer jib and gaff- topsail stowed. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  10. You take my tip, Tagg, that other woman, Mrs. Haxton, is as mean as, sin, an' she blew the gaff to- night when she dropped on 'em after supper." – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  11. " Maybe," said the mate, " she will soon have too much breeze; that gaff topsail is foolish in a boat with no deck and no sailor on board." – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  12. The British merchant flag was flying at her mizzen- gaff, with the ensign down. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  13. He had a pretty bad case of swelled head and tried to hold me up for a bonus, hinting around about what he could do if he wanted to throw the gaff into us. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  14. Here there was no such thing, but a local spectator offered me a huge fly, more like a gaff, and equipped with a large iron eye for attaching the gut to. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  15. Major Kent and Meldon leaned across the gaff and dragged at the folds of it. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  16. The boom should be eight and a half inches long and three- eighths of an inch in diameter, and the gaff five inches long and a quarter of an inch in diameter. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  17. Happily, our gaff stood, although our topmast was carried away by her foreyard- arm, and came down with a crash on deck, papa narrowly escaping being struck. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  18. Three miles of salt- water were between her and her antagonist, before the schooner's foresail was again set, when the vessel once more made sail on a wind and with her gaff topsails, fore and mainsail, fore- topmast staysail, and jib, seeming to fly through the water, making three feet for the " Halcyon's" one, going well to windward. – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley