—n. 1. a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
2. an act of gouging.
3. a groove or hole made by gouging.
4. an act of extortion; swindle.
5. Geol. a. a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
b. fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.
—v.t. 1. to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge: to gouge a channel; to gouge holes. 2. to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: to gouge out an eye. 3. to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg. 4. to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.
—v.i. to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like: I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.