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



    BrE BrE//snæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snæɡ//
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  1. 1(informal) a problem or difficulty, especially one that is small, hidden or unexpected synonym difficulty There is just one small snag—where is the money coming from? Let me know if you run into any snags.
  2. 2an object or a part of an object that is rough or sharp and may cut something Check all surfaces for snags and rough edges.
  3. 3 (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) a sausage
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 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. noun sense 3 1940s: of unknown origin.Extra examples I ran into a few snags on my thesis. I suddenly saw a major snag with the whole idea. The only snag is the price. There are a few snags to iron out before the prototype is ready. There is a snag to the job: you have to work at weekends. There is just one snag—his boss might not let him go. We’ve hit a technical snag—the printer isn’t compatible with my PC. one of the snags in the plan The only snag with the course is that it’s quite short. There is just one small snag —where is the money coming from?
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