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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 those involved in a case from public reporting of or commentary on its details. Unfortunately, due to a gag order, we can't provide any new information to the press about the trial until it is finished. The defense has asked the judge to put everyone involved in the case under a gag order to ensure that the jurors are not influenced by biased media coverage.
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

put (one) under a gag order

To subject one who is involved in a court case to a legal order prohibiting one from public sharing of or commentary on its details. Unfortunately, we have been put under a gag order, meaning we can't provide any new information to the press about the trial until it is finished. The defense has asked the judge to put everyone involved in the case under a gag order to ensure that the jurors are not influenced by biased media coverage.
See also: gag, order, put

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

under a gag order

Subject to a court order prohibiting those involved in a case from public reporting of or commentary on its details. Unfortunately we are under a gag order, meaning we can't provide any new information to the press about the trial until it is finished. The defense has asked the judge to put everyone involved in the case under a gag order to ensure that the jurors are not influenced by biased media coverage.
See also: gag, order
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 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

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.
See also: for, gag

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

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.
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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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.
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Staff tuned into the TV news as it was happening and started writing gags straight away about the events they were seeing.
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.''