|1.||short for daglock|
|2.||informal (NZ) rattle one's dags to hurry up|
|—vb , dags, dagging, dagged|
|3.||to cut the daglock away from (a sheep)|
|[C18: of obscure origin]|
|1.||a short stabbing weapon with a pointed blade|
|2.||Also called: obelisk a character (†) used in printing to indicate a cross reference, esp to a footnote|
|3.||at daggers drawn in a state of open hostility|
|4.||look daggers to glare with hostility; scowl|
|5.||to mark with a dagger|
|6.||archaic to stab with a dagger|
|[C14: of uncertain origin]|
short stabbing knife, ostensibly the diminutive of the sword, though in ancient and medieval times the distinction between a long dagger and a short sword was often obscure. From approximately 1300 the European dagger was consistently differentiated from the sword; in the 16th century a school of fencing developed in which a specially designed dagger with a large guard was held in the left hand and used for parrying.
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