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.
a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off.
any sharp or rough projection.
a jagged hole, tear, pull, or run in a fabric, as caused by catching on a sharp projection.
any obstacle or impediment.
a stump of a tooth or a projecting tooth; snaggletooth.
to run or catch up on a snag.
to damage by so doing.
to obstruct or impede, as a snag does: He snagged all my efforts.
to grab; seize: to snag the last piece of pie.
to become entangled with some obstacle or hindrance.
to become tangled: This line snags every time I cast.
(of a boat) to strike a snag.
to form a snag.
- snaglike, adjective
- un·snagged, adjective
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How to use snag in a sentence
Development of an AR headset at Apple seems to have hit a snag or two under current project lead Mike Rockwell, though the report does not outline exactly which obstacles have emerged.Apple hardware chief Dan Riccio stepped down to focus on AR/VR | Samuel Axon | February 8, 2021 | Ars Technica
I babied mine and still saw a few small snags while bushwhacking.
It was inspiring to see how our customers reacted when we’d hit snags, like a shipping delay.This new sneaker brand is meant for health care workers | Rachel King | December 6, 2020 | Fortune
The snag is that the nonmedical part of the world has to buy in, too.New guidance on brain death could ease debate over when life ends | Laura Sanders | August 10, 2020 | Science News
By May, those efforts seemed to hit a snag when the Housing Commission decided not to move forward with 10 hotel properties it had initially eyed.Morning Report: The Seditious Language Law’s Origin Story | Voice of San Diego | August 5, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
He was 19, and managed to snag a summer internship with New Line Cinema.‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind: Francis Lawrence on the Book vs. Movie, ISIS Parallels, and More | Marlow Stern | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wire is long gone, but a rusted snag remains entombed in the bark.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches | ProPublica | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is a snag because Chan lives across the border, where the Hong Kong Dollar is used.
Over the last four years, however, the process has hit a snag.As GOP Senators Block Obama’s Nominees, Democrats Prepare ‘Nuclear Option’ | Jamelle Bouie | May 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Luz gets away and hires Malone to take her over the border, where Thacker and others are waiting to snag her.
We made an extra steering-oar, too, because one of the others might get broke on a snag or something.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Imbedded in this bar was a long white snag, a tree trunk whose naked arms, thrusting far down stream, had literally impaled us.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
After that I waded back to the snag carefully, and once more ordered the young woman to come to me.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
At length I crept to the snag and beat against it with my cane.Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
Down the road arose sharp words of command, and the burning top of a tall pine snag threw its light upon bayonets in the highway.An Arkansas Planter | Opie Percival Read
British Dictionary definitions for snag
a difficulty or disadvantage: the snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
engineering a projection that brings to a stop a sliding or rotating component
mainly US and Canadian a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
US and Canadian a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
(plural) Australian slang sausages
(tr) to hinder or impede
(tr) to tear or catch (fabric)
(intr) to develop a snag
(intr) mainly US and Canadian (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
(tr) US to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
- snaglike, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with snag
see hit a snag.
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