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gag order

A court order prohibiting public reporting of or commentary on a current judicial case by the media or members of the press. Unfortunately, due to a gag order, we can't provide any more details about the murder trial until it is finished.
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be gagging for (something)

To have a strong desire for something, especially a beverage of some kind. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Good lord, I am gagging for a cup of tea.
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be gagging for it

vulgar To have an intense desire for sexual intercourse. Primarily heard in UK. Many people are under the impression that men are gagging for it 24 hours a day.
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gag me with a spoon

An expression of disgust or annoyance. The phrase is usually attributed to Southern California's "Valley Girls" (young women living in the San Fernando Valley) in the 1970s and '80s. Gag me with a spoon, that food smells horrible! We're having a pop quiz today? Ugh, gag me with a spoon.
See also: gag, spoon

running gag

A gag or humorous element that is introduced early on in a story and then appears or is referred to again repeatedly. There's this weird running gag throughout the novel about the protagonist's dislike of avocado, but it falls flat every single time. What was supposed to be a silly once-off joke in the pilot episode turned into a running gag.
See also: gag, running

lollygag around

To waste time idly or aimlessly (some place); to loiter or loaf around (some place). You've been lollygagging around the house for the whole weekend—go play outside or something! Would you two quit lollygagging around and give me a hand?
See also: around, lollygag

gag on something

to choke on something; to retch on something. The dog is gagging on whatever you gave her. This fish is good, but I hope I don't gag on a bone.
See also: gag, on

be gagging for it

If someone is gagging for it, they want very much to have sex. You could see he was gagging for it.
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be gagging for something

COMMON If someone is gagging for something, they want it very much. I arrived there late, hungry and gagging for a drink.
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n. a joke; a trick. What a great gag! Everybody will love it.

throat gag

n. liquor; strong liquor. Pour me another glass of that throat gag, barkeep.
See also: gag, throat

gag me with a spoon

A exclamation indicating disgust. “Val-speak” was an idiom created in the 1970s by so-called Valley Girls, reputedly materialistic and self-centered young women who lived in California's San Fernando Valley (outside Los Angeles). Their vocabulary and speech patterns swept the country, propelled by popular music, television shows, and such movies as “Clueless” (based on Jane Austen's novel Emma). Like other fads, linguistic or otherwise, Val-speak disappeared almost as quickly as it had burst on the scene. Where once the staple “gag me with a spoon” (meaning that something was awful enough to induce nausea), was widely heard, it's gone the way of “well, dog my cat” and other archaisms. That's not to say that all Val-speak has disappeared. “As if ” (“that's not going to happen”), “duh!” (“that's obvious”), and the ubiquitous “like” are heard wherever the English language is used . . . and misused.
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The Dentist should try to recognize the situation that triggers gagging.
The Dentist should try to learn if there are any precipitating events responsible for initiating gagging.
It reduces anxiety and helps "unlearn" the behaviour that provokes gagging.
iii) Breathing exercises: Gagging is a reflex response involving the oesophagus, while breathing involves the trachea.
One-third of this solution is injected into the area of each greater palatine foramen to prevent gagging effectively.
Impression Material to be used: Low-fusing wax has been advocated by Borkin for gagging patients.
Plateless dentures are recommended as a possible solution for gagging patients with a history of unsuccessful denture wearing (24) (as a last resort) and for patients with a large inoperable maxillary torus.
Gagging--Post insertion denture problems: Gagging is seen mostly in the elder age group after post denture insertion.
However, gagging difficulties caused by crowns or fixed partial dentition are not reported in the dental literature.
Inadequate Post Dam: Produces gagging as a result of too little pressure applied to the palatal tissue.
Over extended Borders: The posterior part of the maxillary denture and the distolingual part of the mandibular denture may impinge on, one, or more trigger areas and cause gagging.
Conversely, instable occlusion produces movement of the denture base, which in this produce a tickling sensation and gagging.
Under extended prosthesis may also contribute to a gagging problem.
A smooth shining surface has been reported to cause nausea and gagging in some patients.
Krol (8) has suggested that inadequate freeway space may be an additional cause of gagging related to complete dentures; he found that the gagging problem was eliminated or greatly relieved when the freeway space was increased.