gavel gavel  /ˈɡæ vəl/


  • (n) a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge


  1. The minute America's best-known jurist bangs his gavel, onlookers in the nation's most famous courtroom attentively come to order.
  2. The Speaker's gavel pounded the desk.
  3. At ten minutes before gavel time his limousine swirled up to the door of the Sejm.


  1. Resolving the Sprint and Clearwire Drama

    This complex multi-part bidding war is getting closer to the final gavel bang. Who's winning what in this high-stakes auction?        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Minnesota’s funniest nonprofit board

    The board of directors of a Minneapolis nonprofit has gathered together for its meeting. The lights dim, the audience applauds, and the members of the board step out onstage. After bringing the meeting to order (the theater doesn’t own a gavel, so they shout “gavel, gavel, gavel!”), they begin taking suggestions from the audience for a long-form improv scene. With that,  “The Board,”  an improv ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: MinnPost

  3. Oxnard council meeting, with gavel clash, shows new dynamics in play

    Before Oxnard's council meeting wrapped up at 3 a.m., chambers were jolted by a loud gavel strike from the mayor, who threatened to eject a colleague from the dais.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Ventura County Star

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  1. "I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship," Pelosi said, taking the symbol of her new job from Republican minority leader John Boehner.
    on Jan 4, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: CNN

  2. "In a few moments, I'll have the high privilege of handing the gavel of the House of Representatives to a woman for the first time in American history. For more than 200 years, the leaders of our government have been democratically elected. And from...
    on Jan 4, 2007 By: John Boehner Source: FOXNews

  3. Velazquez, who voted against the war as well as the PATRIOT Act, argued that for the first time since Bush took office Democrats have the "power of the gavel" and are providing oversight of the administration.
    on Mar 30, 2007 By: Diego Velázquez Source: Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier

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