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snag

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noun \ˈsnag\

Simple Definition of snag

  • : an unexpected problem or difficulty

  • : a sharp or broken part of something that sticks out from a smooth surface

  • : a thread that sticks out from a piece of cloth

Full Definition of snag

  1. 1a :  a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigationb :  a standing dead tree

  2. 2 :  a rough sharp or jagged projecting part :  protuberance: asa :  a projecting tooth; also :  a stump of a toothb :  one of the secondary branches of an antler

  3. 3 :  a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle

  4. 4a :  a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snagb :  an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing; especially :  a pulled thread in fabric <a snag in her stocking>

snag·gy play \ˈsna-gē\ adjective

Examples of snag

  1. I caught my sleeve on a snag and tore it.

  2. My sweater has a snag where I caught it on a nail.



Origin of snag

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snagi clothes peg


First Known Use: circa 1587

Rhymes with snag


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snag

transitive verb

Simple Definition of snag

  • : to catch and tear (something) on something sharp

  • : to catch, capture, or get (something or someone) by quick action or good luck

Full Definition of snag

snaggedsnag·ging

  1. 1a :  to catch and usually damage on or as if on a snagb :  to halt or impede as if by catching on a snag

  2. 2 :  to hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly

  3. 3 :  to clear (as a river) of snags

  4. 4 :  to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune

Examples of snag

  1. I snagged my favorite sweater on a nail.

  2. The shortstop snagged the grounder.

  3. The police snagged the suspect as he was trying to run away.

  4. I managed to snag the information I needed from the Internet.

  5. Can I snag a ride from you?



1807

First Known Use of snag

1807



SNAG Defined for Kids

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snag

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noun \ˈsnag\

Definition of snag

  1. 1 :  a rough or broken part sticking out from something

  2. 2 :  an unexpected difficulty <Our plan hit a snag.>

  3. 3 :  a stump or stub of a tree branch especially when hidden under water




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snag

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verb

Definition of snag

snaggedsnag·ging

  1. 1 :  to catch or damage on or as if on a part sticking up or out <He snagged his sleeve on a nail.>

  2. 2 :  to catch or capture by or as if by reaching out quickly and grabbing <I was snagged by the teacher on my way out.>





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