snag

noun
\ ˈsnag How to pronounce snag (audio) \

Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation
b : a standing dead tree
2 : 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
3 : a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle
4a : a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snag
b : an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing especially : a pulled thread in fabric a snag in her stocking

snag

verb
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 hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly
3 : to clear (something, such as a river) of snags
4 : to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune

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Other Words from snag

Noun

snaggy \ ˈsna-​gē How to pronounce snaggy (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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investors mostly shrugged off published reports this week suggesting that trade talks have hit a snag. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Amid many market milestones, Dow tops 28,000," 15 Nov. 2019 The applicants also ran into snags with public notice, because Tok doesn’t have its own newspaper, Smith wrote. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska marijuana board wrestles with commercial licenses in unincorporated areas," 31 Oct. 2019 The company has run into technical snags with some aircraft engines and increased production of the A321 Airbus Cabin Flex, which allows airlines to seat more passengers through a flexible cabin design. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Airbus cut its delivery target by 30 planes. It's still ahead of Boeing," 30 Oct. 2019 Those living in poverty in rural areas can also run into snags in getting help from the government or nonprofits, Shaefer said. David Jesse, Freep.com, "Poverty in rural Michigan: Relentless aging and few opportunities for those of working age," 21 Oct. 2019 An Iowa man preparing to put his home on the market ran into an unexpected snag: not non-committal buyers, but a basement flooded with animal blood from a neighboring meat locker. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Iowa family's basement flooded with animal blood from neighboring meat locker," 17 Oct. 2019 Minshew Mania has hit a snag with back-to-back losses. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Detroit Lions fall after loss to Packers," 15 Oct. 2019 Their plan hit a snag after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection bid to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose conversation with Trump about former Vice President Joe Biden is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal," 8 Oct. 2019 The Polk County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Office said Tracy Allen, 37, was floating the river with friends Saturday afternoon when their series of interconnected float tubes ran into a large root ball snag just off the west shore of Wells Island. Mark Bowder, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver woman missing after falling off float tube into Willamette River," 1 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Juan Soto’s seventh-inning home run headed out in his direction, and Adams learned over a railing to try to snag it, but the homer landed in an open space between the fence and the seats. Adam Kilgore, The Denver Post, "Beer guy had been preparing for his World Series moment since Little League," 28 Oct. 2019 That includes some heavy proportional spending other candidates, who are either trying to snag a spot on the November debate stage or remain relevant and viable as the distance between the tiers of candidates increases. NBC News, "What we learned from third quarter fundraising reports," 17 Oct. 2019 People have been waiting in line outside the court since the weekend to try to snag the few seats the court makes available to the public for arguments. BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT people’s rights - The Boston Globe," 9 Oct. 2019 People waited in line outside the court since the weekend to try to snag the few seats the court makes available to the public for arguments. Mark Sherman And Matthew Barakat, chicagotribune.com, "Does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover LGBT people? Supreme Court, with new conservative bent, hears cases and could decide.," 8 Oct. 2019 People waited in line outside the court since the weekend to try to snag the few seats the court makes available to the public for arguments. CBS News, "Supreme Court appears split as it weighs 2 landmark cases on LGBTQ rights," 8 Oct. 2019 People have been waiting in line outside the court since the weekend to try to snag the few seats the court makes available to the public for arguments. Mark Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supreme Court takes up cases over LGBT rights," 8 Oct. 2019 To our delight, bears lumbered along the shoreline or galloped into the water to try to snag a fish. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 Nonetheless a crowd of about 300 bidders on Saturday enthusiastically tried to snag one of the kitschy chachkies. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "History Center pockets $10K from auction of nostalgic oddities," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of snag

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snag

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for snag

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The first known use of snag was circa 1587

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Last Updated

19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Snag.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snagging. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for snag

snag

noun
How to pronounce snag (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

snag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snag (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch and tear (something) on something sharp
US, informal : to catch, capture, or get (something or someone) by quick action or good luck

snag

noun
\ 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

snag

verb
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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