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Gaffer

(g hard). A title of address, as “Gaffer Grey,” “Good-day, Gaffer.” About equal to “mate.” (Anglo-Saxon, gefera, a comrade.) Many think the word is “grandfather.” (See Gammer.)

If I had but a thousand a year, Gaffer Green,
If I had but a thousand a year.

Gaffer Green and Robin Rough.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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