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

     

    wag

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    verb
    BrE BrE//wæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wag
    BrE BrE//wæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡ//
     
    he / she / it wags
    BrE BrE//wæɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡz//
     
    past simple wagged
    BrE BrE//wæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡd//
     
    past participle wagged
    BrE BrE//wæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæɡd//
     
    -ing form wagging
    BrE BrE//ˈwæɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] wag (something) if a dog wags its tail, or its tail wags, its tail moves from side to side several times
  2. 2[transitive] wag something to shake your finger or your head from side to side or up and down, often as a sign of disapproval
  3. 3[transitive] wag something (Australian English, New Zealand English) to stay away from school without permission to wag school
  4. Word Originverb Middle English (as a verb): from the Germanic base of Old English wagian ‘to sway’.Extra examples The dog raced ahead, its tail wagging furiously. ‘Just remember what I said,’ she repeated, wagging her finger at him. He wagged his head from side to side.Idioms (informal) to cause people to start talking about somebody’s private affairs His sudden resignation set tongues wagging.
    the tail (is) wagging the dog
     
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    used to describe a situation in which the most important aspect is being influenced and controlled by somebody/something that is not as important
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