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British informal

Definition of blag in English:

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
  • 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 Act
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  • 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 coat
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  • 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 century
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  • 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.
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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