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[tag] /tæg/
noun
1.
a children's game in which one player chases the others in an effort to touch one of them, who then takes the role of pursuer.
2.
Baseball. an act or instance of tagging a base runner.
verb (used with object), tagged, tagging.
3.
to touch in or as if in the game of tag.
4.
Baseball.
  1. to touch (a base runner) with the ball held in the hand or glove.
  2. to hit (a pitched ball) solidly.
  3. to make a number of hits or runs as specified in batting against (a pitcher):
    They tagged him for two hits in the first and three hits and two runs in the third.
5.
Boxing. to strike (an opponent) with a powerful blow.
Verb phrases
6.
tag up, Baseball. (of a base runner) to touch the base occupied before attempting to advance a base, after the catch of a fly ball:
He tagged up and scored from third on a long fly to center.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; perhaps special use of tag1
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British Dictionary definitions for tagged up

tag1

/tæɡ/
noun
1.
a piece or strip of paper, plastic, leather, etc, for attaching to something by one end as a mark or label: a price tag
2.
Also called electronic tag. an electronic device worn, usually on the wrist or ankle, by an offender serving a noncustodial sentence, which monitors the offender's whereabouts by means of a link to a central computer through the telephone system
3.
a small piece of material hanging from or loosely attached to a part or piece
4.
a point of metal or other hard substance at the end of a cord, lace, etc, to prevent it from fraying and to facilitate threading
5.
an epithet or verbal appendage, the refrain of a song, the moral of a fable, etc
6.
a brief quotation, esp one in a foreign language: his speech was interlarded with Horatian tags
7.
(grammar)
  1. Also called tag question. a clause added on to another clause to invite the hearer's agreement or conversational cooperation. Tags are usually in the form of a question with a pronoun as subject, the antecedent of which is the subject of the main clause; as isn't it in the bread is on the table, isn't it?
  2. a linguistic item added on to a sentence but not forming part of it, as John in are you there, John?
8.
an ornamental flourish as at the end of a signature
9.
the contrastingly coloured tip to an animal's tail
10.
a matted lock of wool or hair
11.
(angling) a strand of tinsel, wire, etc, tied to the body of an artificial fly
12.
(slang) a graffito consisting of a nickname or personal symbol
verb (mainly transitive) tags, tagging, tagged
13.
to mark with a tag
14.
to monitor the whereabouts of (an offender) by means of an electronic tag
15.
to add or append as a tag
16.
to supply (prose or blank verse) with rhymes
17.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or along) to trail (behind): many small boys tagged on behind the procession
18.
to name or call (someone something): they tagged him Lanky
19.
to cut the tags of wool or hair from (an animal)
20.
(slang) to paint one's tag on (a building, wall, etc)
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; related to Swedish tagg point, perhaps also to tack1

tag2

/tæɡ/
noun
1.
Also called tig. a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to catch one of them who will then become the chaser
2.
the act of tagging one's partner in tag wrestling
3.
(modifier) denoting or relating to a wrestling contest between two teams of two wrestlers, in which only one from each team may be in the ring at one time. The contestant outside the ring may change places with his team-mate inside the ring after touching his hand
verb (transitive) tags, tagging, tagged
4.
to catch (another child) in the game of tag
5.
(in tag wrestling) to touch the hand of (one's partner)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from tag1
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Word Origin and History for tagged up

tag

n.

"small hanging piece from a garment," c.1400, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian tagg "point, prong, barb," Swedish tagg "prickle, thorn," Middle Low German tagge "branch, twig, spike"); cognate with tack (n.1). Meaning "label" is first recorded 1835; sense of "automobile license plate" is recorded from 1935, originally underworld slang. Meaning "an epithet, popular designation" is recorded from 1961, hence slang verb meaning "to write graffiti in public places" (1990).

"children's game," 1738, perhaps a variation of Scot. tig "touch, tap" (1721), probably an alteration of Middle English tek "touch, tap" (see tick (2)).

v.

"to furnish with a tag," mid-15c., from tag (n.1). Related: Tagged; tagging. To tag along is first recorded 1900.

in the baseball sense, 1907, from tag (n.2); the adjective in the pro-wrestling sense is recorded from 1955.

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tagged up in Medicine

tag (tāg)
n.

  1. A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label.

  2. A small outgrowth or polyp.

v. tagged, tag·ging, tags
  1. To label, identify, or recognize with or as if with a tag.

  2. To incorporate into a compound a readily detected substance making the compound detectable so that its metabolic or chemical history may be followed.

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tagged up in Science
tag
  (tāg)   
A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document. Tags are enclosed in a pair of angle brackets that indicate to the browser how the text is to be displayed.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tagged up

tad

noun
  1. A small boy; a child: I've liked reading since I was just a tad (1877+)
  2. A small amount; cunt-hair, skosh, smidgen: may be taking his new series just a tad too seriously/ seem white to me even if they are a tad deformed (1915+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps a shortening of tadpole; perhaps fr British dialect tadde, ''toad'']


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Related Abbreviations for tagged up

TAG

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  2. The Adjutant General
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Encyclopedia Article for tagged up

tag

children's game in which, in its simplest form, the player who is "it" chases the other players, trying to touch one of them, thereby making that person "it." The game is known by many names, such as leapsa in Romania and kynigito in parts of modern Greece. In some variants the children pretend that the touch carries some form of contagion-e.g., plague (Italy), leprosy (Madagascar), fleas (Spain), or "lurgy fever" (Great Britain). In others, a method of achieving immunity from touch is prescribed, as by touching wood, iron, or a specified colour or assuming a particular position (e.g., squatting). Often limitations or handicaps are imposed on the chaser: the child may be required to clasp hands and imitate a horned animal (stag, bull, or goat) or squat and hop like a frog while the others caper freely around him. In some games the chaser throws a ball at the intended victim. As a game progresses, the original chaser may enlist those touched to help catch the others; sometimes the captives link hands to form a chain, with the players on either end making the capture

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