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Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle
2a : an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing especially : a pulled thread in fabric a snag in her stocking
b : a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snag
3 : a rough sharp or jagged projecting part : protuberance: such as
a : a projecting tooth also : a stump of a tooth
b : one of the secondary branches of an antler
4a : a standing dead tree
b : a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation


snagged; snagging

Definition of snag (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to catch and usually damage on or as if on a snag
b : to halt or impede as if by catching on a snag
2 : to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune
3 : to hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly
4 : to clear (something, such as a river) of snags

Other Words from snag


snaggy \ ˈsna-​gē How to pronounce snag (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for snag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of snag in a Sentence

Noun I caught my sleeve on a snag and tore it. My sweater has a snag where I caught it on a nail. Verb I snagged my favorite sweater on a nail. The shortstop snagged the grounder. The police snagged the suspect as he was trying to run away. I managed to snag the information I needed from the Internet. Can I snag a ride from you? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sensitive negotiations on gun reform have hit a snag. Rick Klein, ABC News, 16 June 2022 The retailer's expansion hit a snag earlier this year, as China's consumer spending took a significant hit from Covid outbreaks and the stringent lockdown measures. Laura He, CNN, 13 June 2022 What had the makings of an unlikely Alabama run toward the SEC baseball tournament title game hit a snag as the sun set over Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Friday night. Mike Rodak |, al, 27 May 2022 The strategy hit a snag in 1998 when the Russian bond default threw debt markets into a tailspin. Jon Markman, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The longtime Buck-Aikman partnership appeared to unravel in February when Aikman’s contract expired and talks with Fox hit a snag over the schedule for the upcoming season. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 That plan hit a snag when Trump endorsed Mastriano, praising him for his opposition to the 2020 election results. Arit John, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 The snag in operations in Yantian alone is concerning. Laura He, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 But exports hit a snag in recent days when Rosneft Oil Co. struggled to find buyers for enough oil to fill a fleet of tankers, traders familiar with the sale said. WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although the French bulldog didn’t snag that first place win, his owner, NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, couldn’t be happier. Swarna Gowtham, Town & Country, 23 June 2022 Why not snag some ingredients from your snack cabinet to help get dinner on the table? Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, where the South Korean boy band are nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, represented their latest chance to snag the trophy that has thus far eluded them. Christian Holub,, 4 Apr. 2022 And for hockey and chili fans alike, there's a chance to snag a Coneys jersey after the game. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2022 Shoppers new to Dermstore can score 15% off its vast skin and hair-care selection with the code WELCOME15, while new and returning customers also have the chance to snag SkinMedica at 15% off—no code required at checkout. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2022 Here's how to get a chance to snag some of the clear soda. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 The handful of sites here are free—first come, first served, so plan to visit midweek for a better chance to snag one. Outside Online, 15 June 2021 Book early to snag a seat at the chef’s counter and watch as Chef Taura flexes his considerable culinary muscles. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snag


circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 4b


1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snag


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

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20 Jun 2022

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\ ˈsnag How to pronounce snag (audio) \

Kids Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rough or broken part sticking out from something
2 : an unexpected difficulty Our plan hit a snag.
3 : a stump or stub of a tree branch especially when hidden under water


snagged; snagging

Kids Definition of snag (Entry 2 of 2)

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