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gag

1. Med a surgical device for keeping the jaws apart, as during a tonsillectomy
2. Parliamentary procedure another word for closure

gag

Equivalent to choke, but connotes more disgust. "Hey, this is Fortran code. No wonder the C compiler gagged." See also barf.
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1--July 1 season for gags in state waters there, out to 9 miles from shore.
ALL these emails and text gags flying around about Gary Glitter (and I'm sorry to talk about him again but I want to make a serious point).
They become pub gags and public property as soon as some bloke in the audience of a Jimmy Carr concert texts a one-liner to his mates.
As a result of the Gags & Games acquisition, AAH now has more than 770 company-owned and franchise party superstores.
In untreated urine samples, GAGS were precipitated with cetylpyridinium chloride after an overnight incubation at 4[degrees]C and then centrifuged.
Our objective this year is to produce a new gags show for a younger demographic, and we hope to go into production as soon as this summer," commented Michelle Raymond, VP International Distribution, adding: "Co-viewing [TV viewing as a family] is the buzz word, and broadcasters understand that [JFLG] is the perfect family show to bring kids and parents sharing a good time together.
Not only that, if landings prove high enough, it could negatively affect the other 36 coastal counties economically by reducing fishing access during the projected 120-day federal gag grouper season in 2012.
The Gag Recap, a national newsletter published in Chalfont, Penn.
Tissue samples revealed that antibodies were binding to GAGs and accumulating in the animals' joints.
Prestwich and his colleagues at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City mix a solution of a modified GAG with a solution of much shorter molecules that make the GAG molecules stick together.
Using a compositional method reminiscent of Jackson Mac Low's work, Spahr's poem gags itself to replicate the attack on contraceptive devices undertaken in the name of "family values.
Morals take a back burner to a parade of gags inspired by - or stolen from, take your pick - Monty Python (the movie's combative Scottish squirrels take their cues from the Knights of Ni) and ``Shrek.