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gavel

noun club, device to gain order, hammer, inntrument of control, means of control, symbol of office, mallet, wooden mallet
Associated concepts: parliamentary procedure

GAVEL. A tax, imposition or tribute; the same as gabel. (q. v.)

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cut to the chase Tuesday as he gaveled to order three weeks of hearings into campaign fund-raising abuses.
gaveled the two years of labor to an end at the close of a tranquil 52-minute session Friday afternoon.