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Penny Gaff

(A). A theatre the admission to which is one penny. Properly a gaff is a ring for cock-fighting, a sensational amusement which has been made to yield to sensational dramas of the Richardson type. (Irish, gaf, a hook.)

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