Definition of blag in English:

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Pronunciation: /blaɡ/

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British informal

verb (blags, blagging, blagged)

[with object]
1Manage to obtain (something) by using persuasion or guile: they blagged two free tickets to France
More example sentences
  • He took to the phones to see how much he could beg, bargain and blag off the price of a holiday… and now he'll never pay the brochure rate again.
  • After blagging our way into the company's central London offices we waited for someone to come and speak to us.
  • The next day the Vietnam veteran tells me a funny story about blagging his way backstage at the concert carrying a guitar case full of beer.
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 Act
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  • Smith said many journalists could look to the clause as a defence for blagging confidential information from banks, phone firms, even the police.
  • Another investigator said blagging was "an art form" that the most skilled practitioners could use to gain obscure and apparently inaccessible information.
  • There was an article in the magazine about two years ago about how you can call up and blag information off of people.
2Steal (something) in a violent robbery or raid: I could lie in wait and blag her fur coat
More 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.


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 century
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  • Convincing the manager you deserve a refund and swaying the librarian to waive your overdue fees - these are blags, times when we use our tongues to make our lives easier.
  • One especially brazen blag at an art exhibition (entered through charm, obviously) somehow resulted in a catalogue signed and personally dedicated by the artist.
  • 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.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈblaɡə/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with blag

bag, brag, Bragg, crag, dag, drag, flag, gag, hag, jag, lag, mag, nag, quag, rag, sag, scrag, slag, snag, sprag, stag, swag, tag, wag, zag

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