If only salespeople were fuzzy and wagged their tails more, they'd probably find it easier to cooperate with the inevitable.
But after consulting with his boss, the second guard also wagged his head.
He stood up in rank with the boys and wagged his tail for joy that peace had come, and that we were all going home.
Old Bob wagged his head in slow negation; young William lifted his.
Zhiln gave a low whistle and threw a piece of cake to the dog, and the dog recognized him and wagged his tail and stopped barking.
"To ward off possible traitors," she told him, and Marius smiled and wagged his head.
But Rover only opened one eye a very little bit and wagged his tail, a very weeny mite, and went on with his nap.
Beth wagged her head like a solemn child and then laid her other hand on his.
Little Toonie had no tongue to give an answer; so, looking at his questioner, he wagged his head and went on.
And old Angus wagged his head and said, "Canny lass, the widdy!"
early 13c., "waver, vacillate, lack steadfastness," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vagga "a cradle," Danish vugge "rock a cradle," Old Swedish wagga "fluctuate"), and in part from Old English wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from Proto-Germanic *wagojanan (cf. Old High German weggen, Gothic wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE root *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh). Meaning "to move back and forth or up and down" is from c.1300. Wagtail is attested from c.1500 as a kind of small bird (late 12c. as a surname); 18c. as "a harlot," but seems to be implied much earlier:
If therefore thou make not thy mistress a goldfinch, thou mayst chance to find her a wagtaile. [Lyly, "Midas," 1592]Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.
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