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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old English
Origin: wagian 'to shake'

wag

1 verb
     
wag1 past tense and past participle wagged, present participle wagging
1 [intransitive and transitive]HBA if a dog wags its tail, or if its tail wags, the dog moves its tail many times from one side to the other
2 [transitive] to move your finger or head from side to side, especially to show disapproval:
'You naughty girl!' Mom said, wagging her finger at me.

➔ it's (a case of) the tail wagging the dog

at tail1 (11)

; ➔ set tongues wagging

at tongue1 (14)
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