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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.
See also: gag, order

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 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 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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Gag is thus considered as one of the obstacle in rendering patients proper dental care and treatment.
The hydrolysis of GAGs releases oligosaccharides, which are then transferred to the non-reducing termini of other GAG chains.
reported that laryngoscopy as a trigger of gag reflex can lead to both increase and decrease in heart rate and systolic blood pressure.
Deviated septum, nasal polyps or sinusitis block nasal passages and increase likelihood of the gag reflex.
It would be nice if Obama's reversal of the gag rule were the last volley in the great pingpong match over the global gag rule.
While Nebraska Press held that gag orders should not be placed directly on the media, the case failed to address one important issue: whether gag orders directed at trial participants constitute a prior restraint.
Mary said last night: "It makes us even more concerned that something untoward happened when they want to gag us.
He declared that the global gag rule will restrict nearly $9 billion in foreign health assistance, stating that similar bans in place intermittently since 1984 were limited to about $600 million in family planning funding.
According to reporter, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the gag was aimed at concealing harsh realities and atrocities perpetrated by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
Those letters are often accompanied by gag orders that prevent companies from disclosing the information requests to their customers for a certain period of time-often indefinitely.
Government prosecutors have asked the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court handling De Lima's criminal cases to issue a gag order to prevent the senator and other parties, including Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, from talking to the media or the public on the matter.
Background and Objectives: Gag reflex is major problem during dental procedures which further compromises the quality of dental treatment.
The biological changes in ECM that occur during aging are induced by decrease in GAG biosynthesis.