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Definition of snag verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    snag

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//snæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snag
    BrE BrE//snæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡ//
     
    he / she / it snags
    BrE BrE//snæɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡz//
     
    past simple snagged
    BrE BrE//snæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡd//
     
    past participle snagged
    BrE BrE//snæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡd//
     
    -ing form snagging
    BrE BrE//ˈsnæɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to catch or tear something on something rough or sharp; to become caught or torn in this way snag something on/in something I snagged my sweater on the wire fence. snag something The fence snagged my sweater. snag (on/in something) The nets snagged on some rocks.
  2. 2[transitive] snag something (from somebody) (North American English, informal) to succeed in getting something quickly, often before other people I snagged a ride from Joe.
  3. Word Originverb late 16th cent. (in sense (2) of the noun): probably of Scandinavian origin. The early sense ‘stump sticking out from a tree trunk’ gave rise to a US sense ‘submerged piece of timber obstructing navigation’, of which sense 1 is originally a figurative use. Current verb senses arose in the 19th cent.
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