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Definition of wag verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wag
    he / she / it wags
    past simple wagged
    -ing form wagging
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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. Idioms
    set tongues wagging (informal)
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    to cause people to start talking about someone'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 someone or something that is not as important
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