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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.
See also: for, gag

be gagging for it

vulgar To have an intense desire for sex. Primarily heard in UK. Many people are under the impression that men are gagging for it 24 hours a day.
See also: for, gag

gag a maggot

To be strikingly or shockingly disgusting, unappealing, or unattractive. Oh, Lisa's a terrible cook. Any dish she makes would surely gag a maggot! His physique was remarkable, but unfortunately he was cursed with a face that would gag a maggot.
See also: gag, maggot

gag gift

A small gift that is meant to be humorous. Now that Dad has dentures, I bought him these wind-up chattering teeth as a gag gift.
See also: gag, gift

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

gag on (something)

To have difficulty swallowing something. I can't possibly swallow a pill that big without gagging on it. Sounds like the cat is gagging on another hairball.
See also: gag, on

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.
See also: gag, order

go along with the gag

To follow along with someone or something in prolonging a joke. Come on, they'll see right through us if you don't go along with the gag. I'm going to play a prank on Jenny when she walks in. Just go along with the gag, OK?
See also: gag, go

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

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

throat gag

vulgar slang An instance of fellatio in which a man's penis goes into his partner's throat and causes them to gag.
See also: gag, throat
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: for, gag

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.
See also: for, gag, something
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

gag me with a spoon

An 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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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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'This gag order is also contrary to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the rule of law and no civilized society in the world will approve it,' he added.
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A court-imposed media gag order on an investigation into the bombing in Ankara seems to have backfired as a number of TV channels and media outlets have continued to publish details of the attack amid reactions against the ban, which is seen as an attempt to cover up the massacre and violate the public's right to information.