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English definition of “snag”

snag

noun [C] uk   /snæɡ/ us  

snag noun [C] (PROBLEM)

informal a problem, difficulty, or disadvantage: We don't anticipate any snags in/with the negotiations. The drug is very effective - the only snag is that it cannot be produced in large quantities.

snag noun [C] (DAMAGE)

a tear, hole, or loose thread in a piece of clothing or cloth caused by a sharp or rough object: This sweater's full of snags.

snag noun [C] (FOOD)

Australian English informal for sausage

snag

verb uk   /snæɡ/ (-gg-) us  

snag verb (DAMAGE)

[T] If you snag something, it becomes caught on a sharp object and tears: Be careful not to snag your coat on the barbed wire.

snag verb (PROBLEM)

[I or T] mainly US to cause problems or difficulties for someone or something: Financial problems have snagged the project for the past six months. The negotiations have snagged on a dispute about who should chair them.

snag verb (GET)

[T] US informal to get or catch something by acting quickly: They'd have gone bust if they hadn't snagged that contract from their rivals. The ball was hit well, but Silverman snagged it for the final out of the inning.
(Definition of snag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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