snag

[snag]
noun
1.
a tree or part of a tree held fast in the bottom of a river, lake, etc., and forming an impediment or danger to navigation.
2.
a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off.
3.
any sharp or rough projection.
4.
a jagged hole, tear, pull, or run in a fabric, as caused by catching on a sharp projection.
5.
any obstacle or impediment.
6.
a stump of a tooth or a projecting tooth; snaggletooth.
verb (used with object), snagged, snagging.
7.
to run or catch up on a snag.
8.
to damage by so doing.
9.
to obstruct or impede, as a snag does: He snagged all my efforts.
10.
to grab; seize: to snag the last piece of pie.
verb (used without object), snagged, snagging.
11.
to become entangled with some obstacle or hindrance.
12.
to become tangled: This line snags every time I cast.
13.
(of a boat) to strike a snag.
14.
to form a snag.

Origin:
1570–80; < Old Norse snagi point, projection

snaglike, adjective
unsnagged, adjective
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snag (snæɡ)
 
n
1.  a difficulty or disadvantage: the snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
2.  a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
3.  a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
4.  engineering a projection that brings to a stop a sliding or rotating component
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
6.  (US), (Canadian) a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
7.  slang (Austral) (plural) sausages
 
vb , snags, snagging, snagged
8.  (tr) to hinder or impede
9.  (tr) to tear or catch (fabric)
10.  (intr) to develop a snag
11.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
12.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
13.  (US) (tr) to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
 
[C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snaghyrndr sharp-pointed, Norwegian snage spike, Icelandic snagi peg]
 
'snaglike
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

snag
1577, "stump of a tree, branch," of Scand. origin, cf. O.N. snagi "clothes peg," snaga "a kind of ax." The meaning "sharp or jagged projection" is first recorded 1586; that of "obstacle, impediment" is 1829. The verb meaning "to be caught on an impediment" is attested from 1807, from the noun. Originally
Amer.Eng., often of steamboats caught on branches and stumps lodged in riverbeds. The meaning "to catch, steal, pick up" is Amer.Eng. colloquial, attested from 1895. Snaggle-toothed "having crooked, projecting teeth" (1585) is from the same root.
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Slang Dictionary

snag definition


  1. n.
    a difficulty. : There's a little snag in our plan.
  2. n.
    an ugly (young) woman. : Who's the snag your brother is running around with?
  3. n.
    and SNAG. a Sensitive New-Age Guy. : There were only snags and bimbos at the rally, so I left.
  4. tv.
    to procure, grab, or steal something. : See if you can snag a couple of good seats while I get the popcorn.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

snag definition


bug

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Idioms & Phrases

snag

see hit a snag.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Anglers are urged to report any sturgeon they catch or unintentionally snag.
The snag with all these ideas is that the data are not widely and quickly
  available.
It is unlawful to intentionally snag or attempt to snag any fish in fresh water.
They might snag on the overlying plate as the crust slides into the mantle,
  creating occasional bursts of tremors.
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