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A sharp change of direction in a zigzag course:‘we travelled in a series of zigs and zags’
- ‘His career has been fraught with erratic zigs and zags.’
- ‘The only thing that threatens the company, in fact, is a change in the game, an industry zig to the company's zag.’
Make a sharp change of direction:‘a long path zigged and zagged through the woods’
- ‘We zigged, we zagged, horns blasted and drivers swore, but we did get to the other side.’
- ‘I've been stuck on the scratch, zigging and zagging with great effort through the past 4 or 5 days.’
- ‘They zigged and zagged and made giant colorful shapes and pictures in the sky.’
- ‘He zigged and zagged and she went with him, arm clenched tightly to his.’
- ‘The four looked up to see a red-headed kid skateboarding into the room, zigging and zagging uncontrollably.’
- ‘The market zigged and zagged and most groups ended little changed.’
- ‘The traffic appears to be behaving, but earlier people were just zigging, zagging in and out.’
- ‘I chuckled lightly as one of the lower balloons disengaged itself from the pole and lazily drifted upward, zigging and zagging on the warmish breeze.’
- ‘Receivers zigged when they should have zagged.’
- ‘Dennis, I think you zigged when you should have zagged with the last comment.’
- ‘In an investment career that started with oil back in the 1960s, Anschutz has usually zigged when others zagged.’
- ‘Of course I zigged when I should of zagged and wound up 2 kilometres out of my way.’
- ‘We descended and scrambled and zigged and zagged and trudged ever on.’
- ‘They weave through the tangled branches of the forest, zigging and zagging, the goshawk right on the thrush's tail, like a shadow.’
- ‘He is fast running straight ahead, and he retains his speed even while zigging and zagging across the field.’
- ‘Native speakers argue that we are still zigging when the rest of the world has zagged.’
- ‘We will be awkwardly zagging while most of our peers happily zig in lockstep.’
Late 18th century: shortening of zigzag.
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