Definition of blag in English:



[with object]British
  • 1Manage to obtain (something) by using persuasion or guile.

    ‘they blagged two free tickets to France’
    • ‘Once I'd booked my economy flight I was straight on to the airline press office to blag my upgrade, just like a real hack.’
    • ‘Nat, meanwhile, had managed to blag a gig as his father's studio assistant in Sao Paulo.’
    • ‘After blagging our way into the company's central London offices we waited for someone to come and speak to us.’
    • ‘She blagged a job as an interior designer, then decided to reinvent herself as a singer.’
    • ‘As if that wasn't enough, Paul managed to get a lift to the concert and succeeded in blagging a second ticket for his driver.’
    • ‘It was the most important moment of his career to date, and having blagged my way through several layers of security I'd blundered into the middle of it.’
    • ‘Most of us blag our way into things all the time - jobs, clubs, etc.’
    • ‘He blagged his way onto TV and ended up producing several game shows, archaic examples of cringeworthy family entertainment.’
    • ‘After that I ‘small talked’ with a chap who graduated 27 years ago after blagging his way into the university and basically cheating whilst he was there.’
    • ‘The next day the Vietnam veteran tells me a funny story about blagging his way backstage at the concert carrying a guitar case full of beer.’
    • ‘A pub licensee says motorists travelling to York Races are trying to "blag" parking permits from residents in order to leave their car without paying.’
    • ‘I'm sure it had nothing at all to do with the announcement that I'd spent my own hard-earned cash to see your show instead of blagging tickets like the journalist that I am.’
    • ‘Which designer blagged a free spa break by offering to "write" about it for a magazine - any magazine?’
    • ‘I also managed to blag a VIP pass, which meant, as opposed to the huddled masses enjoying the show, I had the use of proper toilets and a bar, invaluable festival tools.’
    • ‘From there I could walk across the road and try to blag my way in to see the head of MI6.’
    • ‘He took to the phones to see how much he could beg, bargain and blag off the price of a holiday… and now he'll never pay the brochure rate again.’
    • ‘She swigs her drinks and is off to blag her way into an exclusive club on the other side of town.’
    • ‘My friends and I decided on the Sunday to blag our way into a VIP party backstage.’
    • ‘A few minutes later and I had blagged a lift on a truck full of 'aid' heading to a relief centre, close to one of the beach resorts.’
    obtain, acquire, come by, carry off, come to have, get, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
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    1. 1.1 Manage to obtain (private or confidential information) by impersonation or another method of deception.
      ‘they were often able to hack phones because they had blagged phone numbers and passwords’
      • ‘The main methods of obtaining that information were blagging or corruption.’
      • ‘A female reporter tried to blag details from the Inland Revenue about how much the celeb claimed against tax for her everchanging hairdo.’
      • ‘The newspaper had illegally blagged private financial and property details.’
      • ‘Nowhere in the 2,600-word article did the author find space to mention the well-remunerated actor who for years did the bulk of the newspaper's dirty work, blagging far more confidential information on his newsdesk's behalf.’
      • ‘His private account had just been successfully "blagged" by a British private investigator who did not speak a word of Arabic.’
      • ‘Smith said many journalists could look to the clause as a defence for blagging confidential information from banks, phone firms, even the police.’
      • ‘Private detectives were making good livings by conning, blagging and bribing information out of the thousands of clerks, coppers and government call-centre operatives who act as guardians of electronic data.’
      • ‘Her address and phone number had been blagged out of BT by the private investigator.’
      • ‘Another investigator said blagging was "an art form" that the most skilled practitioners could use to gain obscure and apparently inaccessible information.’
      • ‘The information showed that 31 journalists had acquired people's personal information through blagging.’
      • ‘There was an article in the magazine about two years ago about how you can call up and blag information off of people.’
  • 2Steal (something) in a violent robbery or raid.

    ‘I could lie in wait and blag her fur coat’
    • ‘That makes registering domain names more popular than stealing cars in the UK - during 1999 an average of two cars were blagged every minute.’
    • ‘The blaggers blagged the jewels in the biggest blag I've ever seen.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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  • 1An act of using persuasion or guile to obtain something.

    ‘raising the £6.5 million had been either a heroic achievement by selfless, dedicated humanitarians or the blag of the century’
    • ‘Convincing the manager you deserve a refund and swaying the librarian to waive your overdue fees - these are blags, times when we use our tongues to make our lives easier.’
    • ‘There didn't seem to be any point in trying to continue the blag, so the three of us nodded mutely.’
    • ‘It was a phenomenal blag on his part, since most of Balding's horses were chasers, and at that time he had ridden not one chase over the big fences.’
    • ‘Everybody else thought we were dodgy work-experience students on the blag.’
    • ‘One especially brazen blag at an art exhibition (entered through charm, obviously) somehow resulted in a catalogue signed and personally dedicated by the artist.’
  • 2A violent robbery or raid.

    • ‘He put together a crack team of thieves like in the film to pull a blag at the local casino’
    • ‘He plays an ageing thief whose plans to retire are postponed by a young whipper-snapper who blackmails him into one last blag.’
    • ‘Though he is a small-time criminal he boasts of big time blags and heavy criminal acquaintances.’
    • ‘Two men armed with a black handgun and a driver in the gang's getaway car are being sought in connection with the blag.’
    • ‘Less than an hour later, police were alerted by a silent alarm to a second blag in neighbouring Lacey.’
    • ‘We can't go for a simple walk without her being tooled up and ready for an easy blag.’
    theft, robbery, raid, ram raid, burglary, larceny, thievery, break-in, hold-up
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Late 19th century: perhaps from French blaguer ‘tell lies’.