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gag (plural gags)

  1. A device to restrain speech, such as a rag in the mouth secured with tape or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or strap.
  2. (law) An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.
  3. A joke or other mischievous prank.
  4. A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.
  5. (archaic) A mouthful that makes one retch or choke.
    a gag of mutton fat
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lamb to this entry?)


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gag (third-person singular simple present gags, present participle gagging, simple past and past participle gagged)

  1. (intransitive) To experience the vomiting reflex.
    He gagged when he saw the open wound.
  2. (transitive) To cause to heave with nausea.
  3. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (U.S. Army, slang) To smoke: to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration).
  4. (transitive) To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, The Fate of the Artemis[1]:
      “[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”
    The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.
    When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.
    • Macaulay
      The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hoodwinked.
  6. To pry or hold open by means of a gag.
    • Fortescue (translation)
      mouths gagged to such a wideness

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gag m (plural gags)

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