WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
snag /snæg/USA pronunciation
n., v., snagged, snag•ging.
something that is sharp and sticks out.
a hole, tear, or run in a fabric, caused by catching on something that sticks out.
anything that gets in the way of progress:Our plans hit a snag when our best player broke her leg.
v. [~ + object]
to catch on a snag:snagging her clothing on the branches.
to grab; seize:The shortstop snagged a sharp line drive.
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snag /snæɡ/ n
vb (snags, snagging, snagged)
- a difficulty or disadvantage: the snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
- a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
- a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
- chiefly US Canadian a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
- US Canadian a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
Etymology: 16th Century: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snaghyrndr sharp-pointed, Norwegian snage spike, Icelandic snagi peg
- (transitive) to hinder or impede
- (transitive) to tear or catch (fabric)
- (intransitive) to develop a snag
- (intransitive) chiefly US Canadian (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
- (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
- (transitive) US to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
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