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play (the) wag

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. Primarily heard in UK. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to play the wag after lunch. Hey, Jim and I are playing wag from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you play wag, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
See also: play, wag

wag (it)

To absent oneself or leave early (from school or work) when one would normally be required to be there; to play truant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to just wag it after lunch without telling anyone. Hey, Jim and I are planning on wagging from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you wag class, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
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wag off

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there; to play truant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to just wag off after lunch without telling anyone. Hey, Jim and I are planning on wagging off from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you wag off class, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you off to school every morning!
See also: off, wag

start tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip, slander, or idle speculation. Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor did something new to start tongues a-wagging across the country. Being such a media celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to start tongues wagging.
See also: start, tongue

wag (one's) tongue

To talk or chat. My dad is a pretty quiet guy, but when he's interested in something, he can really wag his tongue. My wife and her sister haven't seen each other in awhile, so they've been wagging their tongues all day.
See also: tongue, wag

WAGs

An acronym for "wives and girlfriends." It is usually applied to wives and girlfriends of famous people, especially professional athletes. Are WAGs invited to the event too?
See also: WAG

cause (some) tongues to wag

Fig. to cause people to gossip; to give people something to gossip about. The way John was looking at Mary will surely cause some tongues to wag. The way Mary was so scantily dressed will also cause tongues to wag.
See also: cause, tongue, wag

set tongues (a)wagging

Fig. to cause people to start gossiping. The affair between the boss and her accountant set tongues a wagging. If you don't get the lawn mowed soon, you will set tongues wagging in the neighborhood.
See also: set, tongue, wag

tail wagging the dog

a situation where a small part is controlling the whole of something. John was just hired yesterday, and today he's bossing everyone around. It's a case of the tail wagging the dog. Why is this small matter taking so much time? Now it's the tail wagging the dog!
See also: dog, tail, wag

wag one's chin

Rur. to talk. She loves to visit. She'll wag her chin for hours. He was on the phone, wagging his chin to his buddy.
See also: chin, wag

the tail wagging the dog

if you describe a situation as the tail wagging the dog, you mean that the least important part of a situation has too much influence over the most important part Steve thinks we should buy an orange carpet to match the lampshade but I think that would be a case of the tail wagging the dog.
See also: dog, tail, wag

set/start tongues wagging

  (informal)
if something that someone says or does sets tongues wagging, it causes people to talk about them His late-night visit to her home has set tongues wagging.
See also: set, tongue, wag

tail wagging the dog, the

A small or unimportant factor or element governing an important one; a reversal of the proper roles. For example, She found herself explaining the new therapy to her doctor-a real case of the tail wagging the dog . [c. 1900]
See also: tail, wag

tongues wag

People are gossiping. For example, Tongues wagged when another police car was parked in front of their house, or Their arrival in a stretch limousine set the neighbors' tongues wagging. This metaphoric expression transfers the rapid movement of the tongue to idle or indiscreet chatter. [Late 1500s]
See also: tongue, wag

wag one’s chin

tv. to talk or jabber; to chatter aimlessly. The two old buzzards sat on the park bench wagging their chins all afternoon.
See also: chin, wag
References in classic literature ?
To this Cherokee responded by vigorous wagging of the stump of his tail.
When dogs saw another dog wagging to the left, their heart rates picked up and they began to look anxious.
Giorgio Vallortigara of the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, said that the direction of tail wagging does in fact matter, and it matters in a way that matches hemispheric activation.
The wagging tends to go left when it sees something negative, like an unfamiliar dominant dog.
So be careful taking the course, girls, or you'll have tongues wagging.
It would start to wag, seemingly involuntarily at the slightest provocation and before long it would be wagging his whole back end, which it did with such enthusiasm that it often looked like he was about to be thrown off of his feet.
OF course there is only one wag who has set tongues wagging recently.
Who knew there were scientists studying the wagging tails of dogs?
Dog lovers may think that a vigorously wagging tail means "I am sooo happy to see you," but it turns out to be more complicated than that.
2] wagging when the adjacent C atom has a chlorine atom attached.
First released late last year and distributed widely in January, just as the firestorm about the president's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky ignited, ``Dog'' once again had tongues wagging throughout official Washington and media centers Thursday.
If you look closely, you may see that his tail is wagging farther to his right.
There was just too much wagging going on and Cassie would have to chill out and let her injury heal.
Their tails were still wagging Thursday, but there were no more biscuits.
Richard said: "His tail hasn't stopped wagging since he first came here.