- 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.
Origin of snag
Examples from the Web for snagging
“I dream of returning to Gucci,” she said in hopes of snagging a job at the Italian fashion house.Michigan GOP Uses Fashion Magazines to 'Understand Women'; 'Black Widow' Wants Gucci Back
The Fashion Beast Team
June 6, 2014
Jakoś to będzie, the pilot probably said to himself, before missing the runway and snagging treetops near the Smolensk airport.Poland's Demons Haunt It Again
April 12, 2010
This did not, however, stop her from snagging, at the age of 17, an older geezer named Blavatsky.Dead Cool: Madame Blavatsky
January 6, 2010
These are the people who suffer in cases of snagging and collision, &c.Lands of the Slave and the Free
Henry A. Murray
It will be observed that nearly one-half the known losses on the upper river between 1823 and 1863 were the result of snagging.Old Times on the Upper Mississippi
George Byron Merrick
Almost half of this sum was required for snagging operations alone.
"Yes, you sure are, when it comes to snagging the odd piece of pie," Dawson said with a grin.Dave Dawson at Truk
Robert Sydney Bowen
Realizing that much valuable time was being wasted, Penny slid down from the tree, snagging a stocking in the process.Signal in the Dark
Mildred A. Wirt
- a difficulty or disadvantagethe 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)
Word Origin and History for snagging
1570s, "stump of a tree, branch," of Scandinavian origin, cf. Old Norse snagi "clothes peg," snaga "a kind of ax," snag-hyrndr "snag-cornered, with sharp points." The ground sense seems to be "a sharp protuberance." The meaning "sharp or jagged projection" is first recorded 1580s; especially "tree or branch in water and partly near the surface, so as to be dangerous to navigation" (1807). The figurative meaning "obstacle, impediment" is from 1829.
"be caught on an impediment," 1807, from snag (n.). Originally in American English, often in reference to steamboats caught on branches and stumps lodged in riverbeds. Of fabric, from 1967. The transitive meaning "to catch, steal, pick up" is U.S. colloquial, attested from 1895. Related: Snagged; snagging.
Idioms and Phrases with snagging
see hit a snag.