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Topic: OCCUPATIONS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from godfather

gaffer

noun
     
gaf‧fer [countable]
1AMF the person who is in charge of the lighting in making a cinema film
2 British English informal an old man - used humorously
3 British English informalBO a man who is in charge of people, especially in a factory [= boss]
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