snag
I. noun Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snagi clothes peg Date: circa 1587 1. a. a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation b. a standing dead tree 2. a rough sharp or jagged projecting part ; protuberance: as a. a projecting tooth; also a stump of a tooth b. one of the secondary branches of an antler 3. a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle 4. a. a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snag b. an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing; especially a pulled thread in fabric <
a snag in her stocking
>
snaggy adjective II. transitive verb (snagged; snagging) Date: 1807 1. a. to catch and usually damage on or as if on a snag b. to halt or impede as if by catching on a snag 2. to hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly 3. to clear (as a river) of snags 4. to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
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  • snag — snag; snag·ged; snag·ger; snag·gle; snag·gled; snag·gy; snag·rel; …   English syllables

  • snag — [snag] n. [< 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… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • snag — [n] complication in situation bar, barrier, blockade, brake, bug*, catch, Catch 22, clog, crimp, cropper, crunch, curb, difficulty, disadvantage, drag*, drawback, fix*, glitch, hamper, hitch, holdup*, hole*, hurdle, impediment, inconvenience,… …   New thesaurus

  • snag — ► NOUN 1) an unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback. 2) a sharp, angular, or jagged projection. 3) a small rent or tear. ► VERB (snagged, snagging) 1) catch or tear on a snag. 2) N. Amer …   English terms dictionary

  • snag — index block, complex (entanglement), damper (stopper), entanglement (confusion), impediment, o …   Law dictionary

  • snag — n *obstacle, obstruction, impediment, bar Analogous words: *projection, protuberance: *difficulty, hardship, vicissitude: barring or bar, blocking or block, hindering or hindrance (see corresponding verbs at HINDER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • snag- — *snag germ.?, Verb: nhd. kriechen; ne. crawl (Verb); Hinweis: s. *snagila ; Etymologie: idg. *sneg , Verb, kriechen, Pokorny 974; Literatur: Falk/Torp 519 …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • snag — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, major ▪ little, minor, slight, small ▪ A minor snag is that it s expensive. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • snag — I. /snæg / (say snag) noun 1. a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off. 2. any sharp or rough projection. 3. a tree or part of a tree held fast in the bottom of a river or other water and forming an impediment or danger to… …   Australian English dictionary

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