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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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Esther McVey must immediately announce that she will put an end to these undemocratic gagging clauses and make clear that they will not be enforced.
Some factors contribute and initiate gagging in patients.
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.
But there's another kind of gagging order which worries me a great deal, one that bans a victim of injustice from seeking help from anyone, even his or her MP.
Gagging normally occurs during dental procedures as in making maxillary impression etc.
On the 200th anniversary of his death Thomas Paine, perhaps the greatest Englishman of all, must be turning in his grave over the gagging of Britain.
After her 10-year gagging order ended in 1990, Bowie's ex Angie claimed she once found him in bed with Mick Jagger.
And while I enjoy your magazine which I read cover to cover, I was struck by the irony of your News in Brief piece entitled "Gagging Democracy" with a picture of Stephen Harper.