• IPA: /ˈsnæɡ/

snag (plural snags)

  1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch.
    Synonyms: knot, protuberance
    • The coat of arms / Now on a naked snag in triumph borne.
  2. A dead tree that remains standing.
  3. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.
  4. (by extension) Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.
  5. A tooth projecting beyond the others; a broken or decayed tooth.
  6. (figuratively) A problem or difficulty with something.
    Synonyms: hitch
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      The snag in this business of falling in love, aged relative, is that the parties of the first part so often get mixed up with the wrong parties of the second part, robbed of their cooler judgment by the parties of the second part's glamour.
  7. A pulled thread or yarn, as in cloth.
  8. One of the secondary branches of an antler.
    Synonyms: tine, point
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  • German: Fadenzieher
Translations Verb

snag (snags, present participle snagging; past and past participle snagged)

  1. To catch or tear (e.g. fabric) upon a rough surface or projection.
    Be careful not to snag your stockings on that concrete bench!
  2. To damage or sink (a vessel) by collision; said of a tree or branch fixed to the bottom of a navigable body of water and partially submerged or rising to just beneath the surface.
    The steamboat was snagged on the Mississippi River in 1862.
  3. (fishing) To fish by means of dragging a large hook or hooks on a line, intending to impale the body (rather than the mouth) of the target.
    We snagged for spoonbill from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River.
  4. (slang) To obtain or pick up (something).
    Ella snagged a bottle of water from the fridge before leaving for her jog.
  5. (slang) To stealthily steal with legerdemain prowess (something).
    The smiling little girl snagged her phone while performing a dance; but now was far-off among the crowd.
  6. (UK, dialect) To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.
Translations Noun

snag (plural snags)

  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A light meal.
  2. (Australia, informal, colloquial) A sausage. [From 1937.]
    Synonyms: banger, snarler
    • 2005, Peter Docker, Someone Else′s Country, 2010, ReadHowYouWant, [|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2QmHh3OvU2&sig=4OzD7o4xf_AmeTghYtmTOljW4bE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 116],
      I fire up the barbie and start cooking snags.
    • 2007, Jim Ford, Don't Worry, Be Happy: Beijing to Bombay with a Backpack, [|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vicXZ0fMNz&sig=8MNRAYTT4o4T8k5FkgX4dT8C2io&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 196],
      ‘You can get the chooks and snags from the fridge if you want,’ he replied.
      I smiled, remembering my bewilderment upon receiving exactly the same command at my very first barbecue back in Sydney a month after I′d first arrived.
    • 2010, Fiona Wallace, Sense and Celebrity, [|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=iXuwVwC60u&sig=Nk_eKP4y7wWbNKalgRwtpcdoaAk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 25],
      ‘Hungry? We′ve got plenty of roo,’ one of the men said as she walked up. He pointed with his spatula, ‘and pig snags, cow snags, beef and chicken.’
  3. (Australian rules football, slang) A goal.
    • 2003, Greg Baum, "Silver anniversary of a goal achieved", The Age
      "It just kept coming down and I just kept putting them through the middle," he said. "I got an opportunity, and I kicked a few snags."
  • Russian: сосиска

snag (plural snags)

  1. A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).

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