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ga vuhl

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

  • The minute America's best-known jurist bangs his gavel, onlookers in the nation's most famous courtroom attentively come to order.
  • Under the auctioneer's gavel last week went famed 101 Ranch, bringing sorrow to the hearts of many a cowboy, cowgirl, Indian chief squaw, including onetime Cowboys Will .
  • The Speaker's gavel pounded the desk.
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  • 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?        
    June 16, 2013 - The Motley Fool
  • 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 ...
    June 14, 2013 - MinnPost
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - Ventura County Star

  • Nancy Pelosi in CNN
    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.
  • Diego Velázquez in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier
    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... John Boehner FOXNews,2933,241535,00.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGXwwx-dF-UViBWXyXySzUb8RJsWg Jan 4, 2007 41316 53040 gavel 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.

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