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This page is about the slang term gaffer

British English

Meaning: the manager, the boss

For example:

  • All the Manchester United players said they owed their success to the gaffer and the rest of the coaching staff.

  • Eh, Bobby! The gaffer wants to see you. And you'd better watch out coz he don't look too happy, neither!

usually used with the definite article "the"

Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

In English Premier League football, the gaffers are the guys who

a. treat the injured players

b. manage the teams

c. referee the games

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Contributor: Matt Errey