One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Judge Advocate General.
1A sharp projection.
sharp projection, point, snag, jagged bitView synonyms
- ‘Like a sea the waste stretched out before her, ending only as the jags rose to breathtaking heights to become the rigid range of mountains called the Crown of Thorns.’
- ‘Every jag, every bump on the wall revealed a zone of darkness that was worth to explore, but every time, in the shadows, there was just the sides of the cave, continuing.’
- ‘The shingles on the roof were missing, and what once used to be grand stained - glass windows was now nothing but broken jags of colored glass.’
- ‘It's only reachable by a trail and several flights of stairs, but the beach itself is glorious, the sand bleached almost white and the waves lapping at the huge jags of stone erupting from the earth.’
- 1.1Scottish An injection.
- ‘I had another jag this week - on my bum this time - and maybe that will do the trick and calm things down for the tournament.’
- ‘However, news broadcasts are catching me out all the time with reports about the controversial MMR jags, flu jags or latest drug deaths.’
Stab, pierce, or prick.‘she jagged herself in the mouth’
- ‘He went through the fence, one of the metal spokes jagging him in the arm.’
- ‘No more pulling your shoe off mid trek in the middle of nowhere and having to balance on one leg because there is a tiny speck of a stone jagging into your foot, inflicting unexpected and torturous pain at regular, but random intervals.’
- ‘In that ungainly position, the hilt of his sword jagged him in the ribs.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘stab, pierce’): perhaps symbolic of sudden movement or unevenness (compare with jam and rag).
1North American informal A bout of unrestrained or excessive indulgence in alcohol or drugs, or in a particular emotion or activity.‘a thirty-five minute crying jag’
- ‘She had stomach aches prior to visits with her father, crying jags, and although tested as a gifted child, she almost failed fourth grade.’
- ‘You're working on a tough crossword puzzle, but you're having trouble concentrating because a car alarm is going off outside, some one's using a leaf blower, or your neighbor's dog is on a barking jag.’
- ‘However, Cash had a deeply serious core and in between the jags on booze and pills, which went on well into his middle life, he tried to do some good… in an instinctively rebellious way.’
- ‘His first acid trip had contained a glowing vision of the Marble Arch from Hyde Park, where he had experienced a laughing jag provoked by the cosmic joke no one ever remembers later.’
- ‘He goes on food jags, ordering the same lunch for a week.’
2dialect A bundle.‘a jag of hay’
Late 16th century (in jag (sense 2)): of unknown origin. In the late 18th century the sense was ‘portion, quantity’, later ‘as much alcohol as one can hold’, hence ‘a binge’. jag (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century.
A Jaguar car.‘an E-type Jag’
- ‘If your heart's set on racing old guys in old Jags on Indian Canyon Drive, then you might need the V - 8.’
- ‘Where the 5 is a staid, solid car, with reliable if sporty handling, the Jag offers up the individuality of that British heritage.’
- ‘Of course light weight doesn't just help you to go quickly in a straight line, and the Jag changes direction with an enthusiasm that belies its size.’
- ‘I made investments in a restaurant and bar business, got into the used specialty foreign car market, old Jags, Porsches and Mercedes.’
- ‘Again with rearwheel drive, the Jag is more fluid and sporty than the enormous Merc, but not quite as sharp as the Beamer.’
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