1. [early 19C–1910s] an outcry, a noise [? also link to gaff n.1 (1), a fair, where ‘outcry’ would naturally be the order of any day].
2. [late 19C–1920s] (US) constructed with the, a dismissal; ridicule.
3. [late 19C–1960s] (also gaffery) humbug, nonsense.
4. [late 19C–1960s] (US) severe treatment, criticism, punishment or hardship.
5. [1910s] a legitimate job, work.
6. [1920s] talk.
7. [1920s–50s] interrogation.
8. [1940s] (Ulster) news, gossip.
[late 19C-1910s] to deliver severe treatment/criticism.
to beat up.
1. (also get the gaff, take the gaff) to receive severe treatment, criticism etc.
2. (also take the gaff) to suffer interrogation, beatings, or any adverse conditions.
3. to sustain a situation, good or bad.
[late 19C–1910s] be quiet!