One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wood or metal bolt, wedge, or pin for holding part of a machine or structure in place, usually adjusted by a screw or key.as modifier ‘gib screws’
Fasten (parts) together with a gib.
Late 18th century: of unknown origin.
A building material used to form inner walls; plasterboard.‘the gib had come away from the frame’‘there was dented gib and a cracked ceiling’
- ‘There are areas in the house that have had no wiring in the wall and they've just come away, the gib's come away from the frame.’
- ‘There was this tiny hole in the gib and she poked her nose out.’
- ‘I bought a house that needed renovating and there was no way I was putting gib board and roofing iron on.’
- ‘I can get a room worth of timber and gib for under $1000.’
- ‘Matrix is a proper wood-framed house with timber weatherboards, cedar cladding is an option, Gib-lined and with a galvanized iron roof.’
- ‘In homes you've got gib and gib stops fires.’
- ‘The nauseating horror of having hacked away gib to reveal deep rot.’
- ‘There are at least three properties where the Gib has been ripped off, and they're being marketed as a do-up.’
- ‘When they get around to fixing the cosmetic cracks in the gib you have to move out of the house.’
- ‘I mixed the mortar, I cut the bricks, I put up the gib, I bent the steel and put in the gardens.’
1980s: an abbreviation of Gibraltar board.
- ‘we reached Gib in August and docked at Oran’short for Gibraltar
- ‘The blocks have an angle fit on the inside of the Tee Rings, and an extra adjustable gib to compensate for wear.’
- ‘If a gib is used, the bridle will have to be made much longer.’
- ‘A door was created by making one section of panelling into a gib door.’
- ‘The table slides on the planed ways of the pedestal, and is provided with a steel gib for taking up possible wear.’
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