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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.
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 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

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.
See also: gag, something


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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31: Gag grouper season scheduled closed at midnight
Driven by the strong albumin promoter, the IDS gene would then express IDS enzyme and would be taken up by tissues and cells where the enzyme breaks down dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate GAGs into individual sugars.
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are linear polymers of repeated disaccharides, in most cases containing an O-sulphated N-acetylhexosamine and an hexuronic acid, commonly expressed in a variety of tissues.
Judge Ahmed Abdel Maged issued a gag order on the 25 April protesters case, in which 108 defendants are accused of protesting without a permit, calling for illegal protests, attempting to overthrow the regime, and publishing false information that Tiran and Sanafir islands belong to Egypt.
The first extract above is from a gag book started in the early 1940s by prolific pantomime author Henry Marshall and now to be found in the Bristol Theatre Collection.
An efficient synthetic chemical route to longchain GAGs has not been fully achieved.
No Laboratorio, a pele, previamente removida do musculo dos peixes ainda na fazenda por meio do uso de bisturi, foi lavada com agua destilada, desidratada ao sol, cortada em pequenos pedacos e armazenada em frasco fechado para posterior extracao dos GAGs.
* PUB GAGS: Keith Chegwin has been accused of stealing other comedians' jokes 260710cheggers.jpg
Staff tuned into the TV news as it was happening and started writing gags straight away about the events they were seeing.
Bajo el dominio capitalista del gag, la misma paradoja adopta hoy nueva formulacion: "No me importa nada que sobrevenga el Apocalipsis con tal de que pueda verlo por television".
Wang and her colleagues injected mice with GAGs. The animals developed inflammation and swelling of the joint linings, the tissue surrounding the tendons, and the skin.
This deficiency leads to the accumulation of complex carbohydrates (GAGs) in the lysosomes of cells, leading to the progressive dysfunction of cellular, tissue and organ systems.
Although other scientists have constructed hydrogels from GAGs, the new ones are easier to make, the Utah researchers claim.
In 1998 and 1999, Cummings ordered at least 80 gags in civil cases.
I don't expect a shortage of good gags on the night.''