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gag

noun [C] uk   /ɡæɡ/ us  

gag noun [C] (PIECE OF CLOTH)

a piece of cloth that is tied around a person's mouth or put inside it in order to stop the person from speaking, shouting, or calling for help: Her hands and feet were tied and a gag placed over her mouth.Bands, straps and strips

gag noun [C] (JOKE)

informal a joke or funny story, especially one told by a comedian (= person whose job is to make people laugh): I did a few opening gags about the band that had been on before me.Humour and humorous US a trick played on someone or an action performed to entertain other peopleCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping

gag

verb uk   /ɡæɡ/ (-gg-) us  

gag verb (ALMOST VOMIT)

[I] to experience the sudden uncomfortable feeling of tightness in the throat and stomach that makes you feel you are going to vomit: Just the smell of liver cooking makes me gag. I tried my best to eat it but the meat was so fatty I gagged on it.Vomiting and feelings of sickness

gag verb (PREVENT FROM TALKING)

[T] to put a gag on someone's mouth: He was bound and gagged and left in a cell for three days.Fastening and tyingInterrupting and preventing from speaking [T often passive] to prevent a person or organization from talking or writing about a particular subject: The media have obviously been gagged because nothing has been reported.Interrupting and preventing from speaking

gag verb (BE EAGER)

be gagging for/to do sth UK slang to be very eager to do something: I was gagging for a pint of cold lager.Excited, interested and enthusiastic be gagging for it slang to be very eager to have sexExcited, interested and enthusiastic
(Definition of gag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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