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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French blague (joke, tall story), from Old Provençal blagar (to chat).

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VerbEdit

blag (third-person singular simple present blags, present participle blagging, simple past and past participle blagged)

  1. (UK, informal, transitive) To obtain (something) for free, particularly by guile or persuasion.
  2. (UK, informal) More specifically, to obtain confidential information by impersonation or other deception.
    The newspaper is accused of blagging details of Gordon Brown's flat purchase from his solicitors.
  3. (UK, informal, transitive) To beg, to cadge.
    Can I blag a fag?
  4. (UK, informal, transitive) To steal.
  5. (Polari) To pick up someone.
  6. (UK, informal, 1960s) To persuade.
    He's blagged his way into many a party.
  7. (UK, informal, 1940s) To deceive, to perpetrate a hoax on.
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SynonymsEdit

  • (obtain by deceit, especially information): pretext

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NounEdit

blag (plural blags)

  1. (UK, informal) A means of obtaining something by trick or deception.
    A good blag to get into a nightclub is to walk in carrying a record box.
  2. (UK criminal slang) An armed robbery.

AdjectiveEdit

blag (comparative more blag, superlative most blag)

  1. (UK, informal) Fake, not genuine.
    You’re wearing a blag designer shirt!

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German Low GermanEdit

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blag

  1. Alternative spelling of blaag.

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *bolgъ.

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blȃg (definite blȃgī, comparative blȁžī, Cyrillic spelling бла̑г)

  1. mild, gentle, soft

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