British • informal
verb (blags, blagging, blagged)[with object]
- 1Manage to obtain (something) by using persuasion or guile: they blagged two free tickets to FranceMore example sentences
- I also managed to blag a VIP pass, which meant, as opposed to the huddled masses enjoying the show, I had the use of proper toilets and a bar, invaluable festival tools.
- I'm sure it had nothing at all to do with the announcement that I'd spent my own hard-earned cash to see your show instead of blagging tickets like the journalist that I am.
- Nat, meanwhile, had managed to blag a gig as his father's studio assistant in Sao Paulo.
- 1.1Manage to obtain (private or confidential information) by impersonation or another method of deception: they were often able to hack phones because they had blagged phone numbers and passwords (as noun blagging) blagging is an offence under the Data Protection ActMore example sentences
- A female reporter tried to blag details from the Inland Revenue about how much the celeb claimed against tax for her everchanging hairdo.
- The newspaper had illegally blagged private financial and property details.
- The information showed that 31 journalists had acquired people's personal information through blagging.
- 2Steal (something) in a violent robbery or raid: I could lie in wait and blag her fur coatMore example sentences
- The blaggers blagged the jewels in the biggest blag I've ever seen.
- That makes registering domain names more popular than stealing cars in the UK - during 1999 an average of two cars were blagged every minute.
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- 1An act of using persuasion or guile to obtain something: raising the £6.5 million had been either a heroic achievement by selfless, dedicated humanitarians or the blag of the centuryMore example sentences
- Everybody else thought we were dodgy work-experience students on the blag.
- There didn't seem to be any point in trying to continue the blag, so the three of us nodded mutely.
- It was a phenomenal blag on his part, since most of Balding's horses were chasers, and at that time he had ridden not one chase over the big fences.
- 2A violent robbery or raid.More example sentences
- Though he is a small-time criminal he boasts of big time blags and heavy criminal acquaintances.
- Two men armed with a black handgun and a driver in the gang's getaway car are being sought in connection with the blag.
- Less than an hour later, police were alerted by a silent alarm to a second blag in neighbouring Lacey.
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- The old prison hierarchy of blaggers at the top and sex offenders at the bottom is gone.
- Surprisingly, many hotels and holiday companies are happy to deal with blaggers.
- I was one of the thousand blaggers who managed to get his new album and it is great.
late 19th century: perhaps from French blaguer 'tell lies'.