- 1A piece of cloth put in or over a person’s mouth to prevent them from speaking or crying out.
- 1.1A restriction on freedom of speech or dissemination of information: they lobbied hard for a gag on doctors and nursesMore example sentences
- Tim the Rev had picked up on the notion that the codification is intended to put a political gag on charities, and Peter said that the draft legislation had no such intent.
- The government's official gag on further public discussion of the principal's death only adds to the impression that this is not an isolated case.
- However, the latest gag prevents users from discussing any aspect of the program.
- 2A device for keeping the patient’s mouth open during a dental or surgical operation.More example sentences
- He or she preps the neonate's face and mouth and also the mouth gag in a circular manner, proceeding from the incision line circumferentially outward.
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- 1 [with object] Put a gag on (someone): she was bound and gagged by robbers in her homeMore example sentences
smother, block, plug, stifle, stop up, muffle
- Detectives were today hunting an armed gang who bound and gagged a couple before stealing a large amount of cash.
- Three men from the crew lurched forward, bounding and gagging the man tightly.
- A postmaster bound and gagged by two masked robbers during a dawn raid on his village store has told police he wants to quit his job.
- 1.1(Of a person or body with authority) prevent (someone) from speaking freely or disseminating information: the administration is trying to gag its criticsMore example sentences
- This is just an attempt to gag me and stop me from doing my job on behalf of the ratepayers of Manukau City.
- He said, you know, ultimately, I think there is something here and so I'm going to gag Michael with respect to the information that he has.
- The London High Court made an order gagging the researcher from disclosing court testimony about his research into PIN number security.
- 2 [no object] Choke or retch: he gagged on the sourness of the wineMore example sentences
- But there's somebody who either gagged on a spoon, or somebody was choking on a fork, or somebody stuck something too far in the back of their throat.
- Anyway, I returned to my room, and gagged on the ferocious stench.
- I'd gone outside to have a cigarette in the morning and gagged on my smoke.
Middle English: perhaps related to Old Norse gagháls 'with the neck thrown back', or imitative of a person choking.
- A joke or an amusing story or scene, especially one forming part of a comedian’s act or in a film or play.More example sentences
- We're looking for jokes, gags, funny stories, pictures, whatever, but they must be your original work.
- One of the film's funniest jokes is a running gag involving a car radio stuck on a 1980s soft rock revival station.
- Bearing in mind the other critical sin of giving away some of the best puns and visual gags in film history to readers who may not have seen them, all I will say is that the answer is yes, a thousand times yes.
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mid 19th century (originally theatrical slang): of unknown origin.