To gouge can mean to make a hole or dent in something, or to swindle or steal by overcharging. If your local gas station raises prices because a storm is coming, you may say that the station owner is gouging you — and that's illegal.

The verb gouge means to cut or carve. You can use special chisels to gouge linoleum for interesting design in printing. As a noun, a gouge is the tool you would use — instead of a flat-head chisel, a gouge has a trough — to make the gouge marks of the design. Another meaning of the verb gouge is an indentation in the surface of something. If you're not careful with the screwdriver, you'll accidentally gouge a hole in the wall.

Definitions of gouge
  1. noun
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    synonyms: dent, ding, divot, nick
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    a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
    type of:
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  2. noun
    and edge tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves
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    type of:
    edge tool
    any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
  3. noun
    the act of gouging
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    type of:
    creating by removal
    the act of creating by removing something
  4. verb
    force with the thumb
    gouge out his eyes”
    synonyms: force out
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    type of:
    mar, mutilate
    destroy or injure severely
  5. verb
    make a groove in
    synonyms: rout
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    type of:
    core out, hollow, hollow out
    remove the interior of
  6. verb
    swindle; obtain by coercion or intimidation
    synonyms: extort, rack, squeeze, wring
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    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
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