snag [snag]
[< Scand, as in ON snagi, wooden peg, Norw snage, sharp point, projection, akin to Ger schnake]
1. a piece, part, or point that sticks out, esp. one that is sharp or rough, as the broken end of a tree limb
2. an underwater tree stump or branch dangerous to navigation
3. a broken or irregular tooth
4. a small branch of an antler
a) a break or tear, as in cloth, made by a splinter, snag, etc.
b) a pulled thread in knitted material, causing a loop at the point where it is caught
6. an unexpected or hidden obstacle, difficulty, etc.
snagged, snagging
1. to catch, tear, etc. on a snag
2. to impede with or as with a snag
3. to clear (a body of water) of snags
4. to catch or grab quickly
1. to strike or become caught on a snag in water
2. to form or develop a snag

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  • Snag — Snag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snagging}.] 1. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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