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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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On its "Traditions of the Courts" web page, the judiciary seeks to nail this myth once and for all: "Although they're often seen in TV programmes the one place you won't see a gavel is an English or Welsh courtroom - they are not used there and have never been" However, despite such efforts, the visual cliche has become so ubiquitous it's still hard for some to believe.
Later, Fred Baldwin took the railing to his home in Sutton where he crafted two identical gavels in his shop.
At the annual town meeting following the fire, Warren Baldwin, on behalf of his father, presented the Town Moderator Paul Dempsey with one of the gavels to be used to conduct Millbury's future town meetings.
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John Grisham's ``The Gingerbread Man'' has only one courtroom scene, which is short enough to escape the critical gavel of UCLA law professors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow.