One wag joked that Liberty was the only university where football players and nerds got the same amount of sex.
“The first cover-up of the de Blasio administration,” one wag joked.
One wag tweeted: “I saved millions of lives … by getting people to not vote for your father.”
Rather, this tiny tail of the car industry is starting to wag the dog.
And ultimately, Kumar said, “efforts at message discipline tend not to work” and tongues, at long last, begin to wag.
Let them be what they might, the pendulum should wag, and have a fair chance of doing its best.
The hunger that possessed her made her wag her head as if senile.
He had only a stump of a tail, but he will wag it—when next his master sees him!
Say it to your dogs, however, and see if they do not wag their tails.
If he wag his tail, then will I sing; if he do not wag his tail, then—then will I not be silent.
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.