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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

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

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.
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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The assay for GAGs quantification is based on their ability to bind the cationic dye 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue (DMMB) [13,14].
The defendants' first court session was on 30 April, when the court banned press coverage by issuing the gag order.
It is unusual to have so many gags in a pantomime source book since the majority of performers in the commercial sector would have had their own routines which they certainly would not have wanted to be taken over by others.
That gives recreational anglers a good shot at the cool-weather push of gags inshore (last year's season closed Nov.
An efficient synthetic chemical route to longchain GAGs has not been fully achieved.
That count does not include gag orders placed on pending cases, the newspaper reported on Jan.
The Cameraman" - Keaton's first film for MGM, made in 1928, is considered one of his funniest masterworks and offers up a feast of visual gags.
The decision by the FWC to institute a "special season" for Big Bend area gag grouper means that Florida state regulations won't align with federal fishing regulations this year.
The process of producing gags isn't as easy as it looks.
Greg added: "You're sitting down with the steak pie, or having a few drinks, and you just want a bundle of gags quick - and that's what we've done.
Find out who the order gags and what restrictions it places on the gagged individuals.
Experiments indicate that it takes only a few defective Gags within a multimer to disrupt the multimer's function.
The 2005 red tide--a widespread algal bloom in the Gulf that lasted for months--certainly may have affected gags.