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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 sex. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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be gagging for it

BRITISH, INFORMAL, VERY RUDE
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

BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If someone is gagging for something, they want it very much. I arrived there late, hungry and gagging for a drink.
See also: gag, something

gag

(gæg)
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.
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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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Then one of them gagged him with a cloth, according to A.Y.'s statement, and then they taped his body.
Ex-wife Victoria got pounds 1.8million and a house in 1997 divorce that gagged her talking about her marriage and sister-in-law Princess Di.
(Abortion foes are not gagged; they can freely express their views on abortion policies, even if they accept federal funds.) One aim of the lawsuit is to make clear that the policy doesn't affect merely abortion funding, but advocacy efforts as well.
Find out who the order gags and what restrictions it places on the gagged individuals.
So the more he pushed the scope down, the more I gagged and the more wet I became.
'I refuse to be gagged. Gagging me would be a violation of my rights.
Researchers conducted more than 100 in-depth interviews in Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru and Uganda with a broad cross-section of participants, including NGOs that have accepted USAID funding and are therefore "gagged" from advocating safe abortion.
THE soccer ace who has gagged the Sunday People from telling the world about his two affairs has still NOT told his wife he's been cheating, we can reveal today.
A DEATH Row killer had to be gagged and chained to his seat in court after spitting at lawyers and screaming abuse at a judge.
"That is, they will only be gagged in regard to this girl, Gina Score, and they will discuss anything else about the corrections system.
The paper claimed yesterday he had been gagged by Labour, but that was strenuously denied by party insiders and Mr McConnell.