One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sharp change of direction in a zigzag course.‘he went round and round in zigs and zags’
- ‘One fellow has his hands in his pockets and no zig in his zag at all.’
Make a sharp change of direction.‘we zigged to the right’
- ‘The market zigged and zagged and most groups ended little changed.’
- ‘Native speakers argue that we are still zigging when the rest of the world has zagged.’
- ‘If you zig when they zag, it is possible to search acres of water without seeing a fish.’
- ‘Just when one thinks the Justices might zig, they zag, but whichever way they turn, their reasoning seems increasingly arbitrary and contrived.’
- ‘He zigged and zagged and she went with him, arm clenched tightly to his.’
- ‘We zigged when we should have zagged.’
- ‘Arnott's fund will zig when everybody else zags.’
- ‘He invariably zigged when he should have zagged and was instrumental in the team's difficulties executing its offense.’
- ‘When everyone is zigging, that's when you want to zag.’
1960s: by abbreviation of zigzag.
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