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what does this "gavel" part mean?

 

The Senator stared at him as though through a veil, then looked at Holland, who was deftly approaching from the other side to relieve him of the gavel. "How do you know?"】

what does "relieve him of the gavel" mean?

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Category: Language

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    "To relieve (somebody) of (something)" means to take something from somebody. Holland was moving to take the gavel, and effectively take away that person's authority to speak.

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