- A wooden mallet, used by a judge in a courtroom, or a chairman of a committee, struck against a sounding block to quiet the rabble down.
- (figurative) The legal system as a whole.
verb (gavell, ing)
- Spanish: mazo , martillo
- To use a gavel.
- The judge gavelled for order in the courtroom after the defendent burst out with a confession.
- Spanish: dar mazazos, dar martillazos
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