There are 2 definitions of snag in English:

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noun

  • 2A sharp, angular, or jagged projection: keep an emery board handy in case of nail snags
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    • When I raised my binoculars to a snag, or jagged top, of a broken, burned-out tree, I found myself locked in a gaze with a female on her nest.
    • Eventually, I spotted a bird perched atop a snag far below me.
    • We found that larger snags had indeed higher densities of wood-boring beetle larva entrance holes than smaller snags.
    Synonyms
    sharp projection, jag, jagged bit; thorn, spur
    informal sticky-out bit
  • 2.1A rent or tear in fabric caused by a snag.
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    • You need to point out to your cleaner all stains, fabric pills, snags, minor repairs, and also point out style nuances, for instance, if you want your collar to stand up or you wear the cuffs rolled up.
    • A blunt needle can cause snags, holes or runs in seams and topstitching.
    • Knits and other stretchy fabrics are an open invitation to snags.
    Synonyms
  • 3North American A dead tree: dozens of species of birds and mammals use standing snags for nesting
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    • Weak cavity excavators, chickadees nest in hardwood snags, dead limbs, or knot-holes of live trees.
    • The crossdating of white cedar and jack pine snags was accomplished using previously developed chronologies from the same area.
    • Even in the relatively rare event that a fire does kill an old-growth stand, the remaining trees and snags provide valuable nesting habitat for large birds of prey and other forest species.

verb (snags, snagging, snagged)

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  • 1Catch or tear (something) on a sharp projection: thorns snagged his sweater
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    • He sat down next to the boy and snagged his bag of chips, tearing it open.
    • A branch snagged his shirt sleeve, and he tore a hole as he yanked himself free.
    • It's just slightly bigger than a Fig Newton with two tire irons snapped to the side, with no sharp edges or protruding tools to snag jersey pockets or cut spare tubes.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [no object] Become caught on a sharp projection: radio aerials snagged on bushes and branches
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    • Divers have become lost inside the wreck or fouled on loose cables or caught by fishing nets snagged on the hull and drowned at the bottom.
    • Fishing over and around structures often will produce results when you cannot catch fish elsewhere, although fishing lures may become snagged on structures and lost.
    • Mr Metcalf, who was based at Ramsbottom Fire Station, dived for the boy but his rope became snagged on an underwater branch and he became submerged himself.
    Synonyms
    catch (in), hook, jag; get caught in/on
  • 2North American informal Catch or obtain: it’s the first time they’ve snagged the star for a photo

Derivatives

snaggy

adjective
sense 2 of the noun.
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  • The hooks should be routinely checked as the points can ‘turn’ when fishing over rough or snaggy ground.
  • In very rough seas full of weed and maybe fishing over snaggy ground, then change the reel for a tougher 7500-type multiplier filled with 20 to 25 lb line.
  • Weirpools are notorious for being snaggy, for the intricacies of the currents ensures that all manner of flotsam and jetsam is carried round in the eddies and backflows until the debris becomes waterlogged and sinks.

Origin

late 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): probably of Scandinavian origin. The early sense 'stump sticking out from a tree trunk' gave rise to a US sense 'submerged piece of timber obstructing navigation', of which sense 1 is originally a figurative use. Current verb senses arose in the 19th century.

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noun

Australian /NZ informal
  • A sausage: I make my own snags, my own pies and pasties
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    • We generally prefer snags with tomato sauce and white bread.
    • Officially crowned sausage king of the Traditional Australian and Gourmet class snags, Mr Barritt said using local ingredients and staff was the key to his success.
    • Arthur Chisolm, a 72-year-old volunteer who took great care when turning his snags on the hotplate, said more sausages would be sold during the school holidays, but he was unsure how many.

Origin

1940s: of unknown origin.

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