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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from the sound of someone being prevented from breathing

gag

1 verb
     
gag1 past tense and past participle gagged, present participle gagging
1 [intransitive] to be unable to swallow and feel as if you are about to bring up food from your stomach:
The foul smell made her gag.
gag on
He almost gagged on his first mouthful of food.
2 [transitive]SC to put a piece of cloth over someone's mouth to stop them making a noise:
Thugs gagged her and tied her to a chair.
He left his victim bound and gagged (=tied up and with something over their mouth that stops them speaking).
3 [transitive]SC to stop people saying what they want to say and expressing their opinions:
an attempt to gag political activists
gag order, gag rule
4

be gagging to do something/be gagging for something

British English informal to be very eager to do or have something:
They were gagging to sign the contract.
5

be gagging for it

British English informal to be very eager to have sex

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