THE GEAR GOUGE

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DEFINITION: gouge

U.S. Navy slang commonly used at the United States Naval Academy (a.k.a. Annapolis) that refers to essential required information, e.g. exam study material or daily information one must regurgitate on demand to upperclassman. In short, the nitty-gritty.

For example, if someone needs to study for an exam with minimum time for preparation they might exclaim "cut the extraneous info and just give me the gouge!!"