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"gag" in British English

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gagnoun [C]

uk   /ɡæɡ/  us   /ɡæɡ/
  • 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 played before me.
US a trick played on someone or an action performed to entertain other people

gagverb

uk   /ɡæɡ/  us   /ɡæɡ/ (-gg-)
  • gag verb (ALMOST VOMIT)

[I] to experience the sudden uncomfortable feeling of tightness in the throat and stomach that makes you feel like 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.
(Definition of gag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gag" in American English

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gagnoun [C]

 us   /ɡæɡ/
  • gag noun [C] (PIECE OF CLOTH)

a piece of cloth that is put over or in a person’s mouth to stop the person from speaking, shouting, or calling for help: The thieves tied him to a chair and put a gag over his mouth.
  • gag noun [C] (JOKE)

infml a joke, or an amusing trick: He used to write gags for a talk-show host.

gagverb

 us   /ɡæɡ/ (-gg-)
  • gag verb (ALMOST VOMIT)

[I] to experience the sudden, uncomfortable feeling in the throat and stomach that makes you feel that you are going to vomit: The smell of burning rubber made him gag.
  • gag verb (COVER WITH PIECE OF CLOTH)

[T] to put a piece of cloth over or in a person's mouth to stop the person from speaking, shouting, or calling for help: He was left bound and gagged until the next morning.
(Definition of gag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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