snag

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off.
  3. any sharp or rough projection.
  4. a jagged hole, tear, pull, or run in a fabric, as caused by catching on a sharp projection.
  5. any obstacle or impediment.
  6. a stump of a tooth or a projecting tooth; snaggletooth.
verb (used with object), snagged, snag·ging.
  1. to run or catch up on a snag.
  2. to damage by so doing.
  3. to obstruct or impede, as a snag does: He snagged all my efforts.
  4. to grab; seize: to snag the last piece of pie.
verb (used without object), snagged, snag·ging.
  1. to become entangled with some obstacle or hindrance.
  2. to become tangled: This line snags every time I cast.
  3. (of a boat) to strike a snag.
  4. to form a snag.

Origin of snag

First recorded in 1570–80, snag is from the Old Norse word snagi point, projection
Related formssnag·like, adjectiveun·snagged, adjective
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rip, tear, nail, hole

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British Dictionary definitions for snagging

snag

noun
  1. a difficulty or disadvantagethe snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
  2. a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
  3. a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
  4. engineering a projection that brings to a stop a sliding or rotating component
  5. mainly US and Canadian a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
  6. US and Canadian a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
  7. (plural) Australian slang sausages
verb snags, snagging or snagged
  1. (tr) to hinder or impede
  2. (tr) to tear or catch (fabric)
  3. (intr) to develop a snag
  4. (intr) mainly US and Canadian (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
  5. (tr) mainly US and Canadian to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
  6. (tr) US to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
Derived Formssnaglike, adjective

Word Origin for snag

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snaghyrndr sharp-pointed, Norwegian snage spike, Icelandic snagi peg
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Word Origin and History for snagging

snag

n.

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.

snag

v.

"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.

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Idioms and Phrases with snagging

snag

see hit a snag.

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