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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

snag

1 noun
     
snag1 [countable]
1 a problem or disadvantage, especially one that is not very serious, which you had not expected:
It's an interesting job. The only snag is that it's not very well paid.
hit/run into a snag
The grand opening hit a snag when no one could find the key.
2 a part of a dead tree that sticks out, especially one that is under water and can be dangerous
3 a sharp part of something that sticks out and holds or cuts things that touch it

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