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snag

noun [C] uk   us   /snæɡ/

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   us   /snæɡ/ (-gg-)

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.
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