[Vocabulary] snag?

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hi,

i heard this verb in an american tv show meaning "being unable to move/run/slide freely".

context: the guy was trying to cover an object with a piece of cloth. the cloth was supposed to fit the object perfectly, with no slack or bare areas. the object had a difficult shape, tough, with some protruding parts that could keep the cloth from fitting properly around the object.

so, the guy said that the cloth could "snag".

i understood that the cloth could get hooked by the object irregular shape during the dressing procedure, making hard and slow to fit it on the object, but couldn't confirm on the dictionary that "snag" can actually be used this way.

is it a slang? how can i say it in a informal way, but not using a slang, please?

thanks.
 

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hi,

i heard this verb in an american tv show meaning "being unable to move/run/slide freely".

context: the guy was trying to cover an object with a piece of cloth. the cloth was supposed to fit the object perfectly, with no slack or bare areas. the object had a difficult shape, tough, with some protruding parts that could keep the cloth from fitting properly around the object.

so, the guy said that the cloth could "snag".

i understood that the cloth could get hooked by the object irregular shape during the dressing procedure, making hard and slow to fit it on the object, but couldn't confirm on the dictionary that "snag" can actually be used this way.

is it a slang? how can i say it in a informal way, but not using a slang, please?

thanks.

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jctgf

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Hi,

I heard this verb in an American TV show meaning "being unable to move/run/slide freely".

Context: the guy was trying to cover an object with a piece of cloth. The cloth was supposed to fit the object perfectly, with no slack or bare areas. The object had a difficult shape, tough, with some protruding parts that could keep the cloth from fitting properly around the object.

So, the guy said that the cloth could "snag".

I understood that the cloth could get hooked by the object irregular shape during the dressing procedure, making hard and slow to fit it on the object, but couldn't confirm on the dictionary that "snag" can actually be used this way.

Is it slang? How can I say it in an informal way, but not using a slang, please?

Thanks.
 

bhaisahab

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Hi,

I heard this verb in an American TV show meaning "being unable to move/run/slide freely".

Context: the guy was trying to cover an object with a piece of cloth. The cloth was supposed to fit the object perfectly, with no slack or bare areas. The object had a difficult shape, tough, with some protruding parts that could keep the cloth from fitting properly around the object.

So, the guy said that the cloth could "snag".

I understood that the cloth could get hooked by the object irregular shape during the dressing procedure, making hard and slow to fit it on the object, but couldn't confirm on the dictionary that "snag" can actually be used this way.

Is it slang? How can I say it in an informal way, but not using a slang, please?

Thanks.

It's not slang and it is commonly used in that sort of situation.
 

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Thanks a lot.
If I’m fishing with a rod and the hook gets stuck in a rock or something, can I say that the hook or the thread “snagged”?
Thanks again.
 

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Yes. Any time something gets caught or stuck on another thing because one thing has a part that sticks out, you can use "snag."
 

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