I am gagging here, somewhat, at having to state the blessedly obvious.
Valle allegedly admitted he would “really get off knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet, and gagging her.”
I am gagging as I struggle to find a way to pay what I owe for gas and electric.
mid-15c., "to choke, strangle," possibly imitative or influenced by Old Norse gaghals "with head thrown back." The sense of "stop a person's mouth" is first attested c.1500. Related: Gagged; gagging.
"joke," 1863, probably related to theatrical sense of "matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor" (1847); or from the sense "made-up story" (1805); or from slang verbal sense of "to deceive, take in with talk" (1777), all perhaps on notion of "stuff, fill" (see gag (v.)).
"act of gagging," 1550s, from gag (v.); figurative use from 1620s.
v. gagged, gag·ging, gags
To choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.
To prevent from talking.
[1864+; fr early 1800s British, ''soldier,'' of unknown origin; perhaps fr the Sierra Leone Creole language Krio galut fr Spanish galeoto, ''galley slave'']