Upon the gad
Gad Gad, n. [OE. gad, Icel. gaddr goad, sting; akin to Sw. gadd sting, Goth. gazds, G. gerte switch. See {Yard} a measure.] 1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead. [1913 Webster]

2. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc. [1913 Webster]

I will go get a leaf of brass, And with a gad of steel will write these words. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad. [1913 Webster]

4. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

5. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Flemish steel . . . some in bars and some in gads. --Moxon. [1913 Webster]

6. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with. [Prov. Eng. Local, U.S.] --Halliwell. Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

{Upon the gad}, upon the spur of the moment; hastily. [Obs.] ``All this done upon the gad!'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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