A gag order remains mostly in effect in the case against alleged killer James Holmes.
The economic meltdown had brought consumerism to a full stop, and the thought of shopping made me gag.
My mind reeled and my gag reflex was in danger of stopping me breathing.
And bonus points for the school bus that burst into flames with the comic timing of a Simpsons gag.
Authors, scholars, songwriters, filmmakers and even television producers have all felt the bite of the gag order.
One kind of gag is attributable to failure of memory or deficiency of study on the part of the player.
He bade his men remove the gag from my mouth, and then addressed me.
Without asking questions, the sheriff handed Bob a knife and the ropes and gag were slashed.
I had to finally threaten to tie him up and gag him if he didn't stop.
Then he threw it aside, got down from the slab, and advanced toward Nick and Jarvis, removing his gag and bonds as he did so.
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'']