Apr. 28th, 2004 @ 04:16 pm
Today’s WotD is:
• noun 1 a violent robbery.
2 an act of using clever talk or lying to obtain something.
• verb (blagged, blagging)
1 steal in a violent robbery.
2 obtain by clever talk or lying.
— DERIVATIVES blagger noun.
— ORIGIN perhaps from French blaguer ‘tell lies’
The orginal meaning /usage of blag related to violent crime. These days you will find it has a far less sinister usage – it is now used more in relation to scrounging or obtaining something by deception … getting something for nothing. This meaning is far closer to the French word it originated from - Blaguer to tell lies.
Blag can also mean to talk persuasively, to bluff your way into a situation (a job,or a club) or to pretend to no about a certain subject. (interestingly Blaguer can also mean to tell tall stories).
[Phrasal Verb: blag on about something or blag about something
To talk boastfully about it, often exaggerating the truth.]
I managed to blag a lift (ride) to work this morning from my sister
We’ll blag our way into the club on Saturday … no worries.
Chris is always trying to blag cigarettes from me
|Date:||April 28th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)|| |
That's interesting ... I always thought 'blagger' was street slang for 'blackguard'.
Mmm ... I'll go and check that out for you!
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