Meanwhile, on the other end, US Airways seems genuinely confused by their gaff.
Then blocks began to rattle, and when the gaff was up the sail flapped in the wind.
A mainsail carried by a gaff has two halyards, the throat and peak.
Slowly and carefully the fisher drew the fish towards the shelving bank, where Junkie stood ready with the gaff.
Billy,” the skipper ordered, “get forward with a gaff and keep him off.
When they had hoisted the unconscious Tom to the gaff, Swarth ordered: "Belay, coil up the fall, and go forrard."
I'll take the gaff rather than have it said about me that I've lain down on a job.
So saying, gaff lifted the latch of the door and stood before his wife and child.
Only the whole sail, gaff, boom and all, was not very large.
Had the gaff been a foot longer he would have cleared the chasm.
"iron hook," c.1300, gaffe, from Old French gaffe "boat hook" (see gaffe). Specifically of the hook on a fishing spear from 1650s.
"loud, rude talk," 1825, from Scottish dialect, perhaps a survival of Old English gafspræc "blasphemous or ribald speech," or from gaff (n.1), and cf. gaffe.
"cheap music hall or theater; place of amusement for the lowest classes," 1850s, British slang, earlier "a fair" (1753), of unknown origin.
A concealed device or operation that makes it impossible for the customer to win; gimmick: People started looking for a gaff (1893+ Carnival & hawkers)
[fr gaff, ''a hook'']