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"Nice coffee. Shame about the gob." What does this mean?

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Lorraine Stoddart I agree with, Jen. Having just finished the book the quote in context suggests that the coffee was good but the person serving it was rather mouthy and has a bit of an attitude in what they say. Given Jodi Taylors sense of humour it may have also doubled up and referred to an additional "ingredient" of spit in the drink.
Godo Stoyke She spat in the coffee.
Jen Adding to -bronwyn David's excellent answer, 'gob' tends to be quite a rude or offensive way of refering to someone's mouth, especially when refering to the way they speak or the words they use.
Someone who is 'gobby' talks too much or too loudly, to 'have a gob on you' could mean you talk a lot and irritate others, or it could be that you use a lot of crass language.
If somebody 'gobs' in your drink however beware...it means they've spat in it.
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Bronwyn David "Mouth" - of Irish origin. In Irish (Gaeilge)gob, meaning beak transferred as slang in English to mouth. "shut your gob!" ("shut your mouth!). Hope this helps. I can't recall the context of the quote in the book, but given the author is English it is likely to be this meaning rather than the north American meaning of a pile or lump of something.
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