2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree. 3. To catch on a snag5. 4. (fig) To obtain by a quick action, as though by snagging3 something passing by; often used of an opportunistic or fortunate action.
Origin: Snagged; Snagging.
4. (Science: zoology) One of the secondary branches of an antler. Snag boat, a steamboat fitted with apparatus for removing snags and other obstructions in navigable streams. Snag tooth. Same as Snag. How thy snag teeth stand orderly, Like stakes which strut by the water side. (J. Cotgrave)
Origin: Prov. E, n, a lump on a tree where a branch has been cut off; v, to cut off the twigs and small branches from a tree, of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. Snaigh, snaidh, to cut down, to prune, to sharpen, p. P. Snaighte, snaidhte, cut off, lopped, Ir. Snaigh a hewing, cutting.