|1.||something deposited as security against the fulfilment of an obligation; pledge|
|2.||(formerly) a glove or other object thrown down to indicate a challenge to combat|
|3.||archaic (tr) to stake, pledge, or wager|
|[C14: from Old French gage, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic wadi pledge]|
British general who successfully commanded all British forces in North America for more than 10 years (1763-74) but failed to stem the tide of rebellion as military governor of Massachusetts (1774-75) at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
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