stand the gaff


stand the gaff
phrasal
: to bear up under trials and difficulties : endure stress and strain without weakening or yielding

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  • stand the gaff — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stand rough treatment; do well in spite of great physical or mental hardship. * /An athlete must learn to stand the gaff./ * /No person running for office gets far unless he can stand the gaff./ Compare: HOLD OUT 2, STICK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stand the gaff — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stand rough treatment; do well in spite of great physical or mental hardship. * /An athlete must learn to stand the gaff./ * /No person running for office gets far unless he can stand the gaff./ Compare: HOLD OUT 2, STICK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stand\ the\ gaff — v. phr. informal To stand rough treatment; do well in spite of great physical or mental hardship. An athlete must learn to stand the gaff. No person running for office gets far unless he can stand the gaff. Compare: hold out(2), stick out(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stand the gaff — endure in a difficult time, withstand a difficult period of time …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gaff — gaff1 [gaf] n. [ME gaffe < OFr < OProv gaf or Sp gafa < Goth gafah, a catch < ga , intens. + fahan, to catch, akin to FANG] 1. a large, strong hook on a pole, or a barbed spear, used in landing large fish 2. a) a sharp metal spur… …   English World dictionary

  • gaff — I [[t]gæf[/t]] n. 1) an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish 2) tgp the spur on a climbing iron, esp. as used by telephone linemen 3) naut. navig. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a fore and aft sail 4) a metal spur… …   From formal English to slang

  • gaff — I. noun Etymology: French gaffe, from Occitan gaf Date: circa 1656 1. a. a spear or spearhead for taking fish or turtles b. a handled hook for holding or lifting heavy fish c. a metal spur for a gamecock d. a butcher s hook e. a climbing iron or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stand fast — Synonyms and related words: abide, be still, be unflappable, coast, die hard, dig in, freeze, get home free, hang in, hang in there, hang tough, hold fast, hold out, hold up, keep quiet, lie still, mark time, never say die, not back down, not… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gaff — See: STAND THE GAFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • gaff — See: STAND THE GAFF …   Dictionary of American idioms