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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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To diagnose the gagging severity level during dental procedure.
CLASSIFICATION: Gagging or Gag-reflex has been classified as either (i) somatogenic (ii) psychogenic.
These gagging clauses are having a chilling effect on whistleblowers," said Barclay, who is a member of the Public Accounts committee.
Persons who had a history of problematic gagging were excluded.
But even after Commons Speaker John Bercow confirmed reports of the proceedings were protected by privilege, the high court rejected two bids by a newspaper's lawyers to lift the gagging order.
Gagging normally occurs during dental procedures as in making maxillary impression etc.
The Queen, who underwrote cost, insisted Di signed a gagging order.
The maxillary tray has a built-in reservoir to catch excess material and prevent gagging.
After two efforts at gagging Coe were ineffective, the judge refused his request to leave and ordered more adhesive tape to be applied over his mouth.
But the effect goes far beyond, often gagging media sources and reducing access to accurate information.
I was still gagging, but I was told to "take a few deep breaths.