A snag is something sharp that sticks out, like a splinter or a dead tree branch. It’s also a hitch in a plan. If you develop a terrible cat allergy, your lifelong dream of being a cat trainer has hit a snag.

A snag is something that you get stuck on, either literally or figuratively. If you catch your tights on a snag and change into different ones, it might put a snag in your plans to dress all in pink for the day. When something's caught this way, it snags. Snag, a U.S. coinage, was first used when steamboats got stuck on a log or branch in the river: "Captain, we've hit a snag!"

Definitions of snag
  1. noun
    a sharp protuberance
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    type of:
    bulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, swelling
    something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
  2. noun
    a dead tree that is still standing, usually in an undisturbed forest
    “a snag can provide food and a habitat for insects and birds”
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    a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
  3. noun
    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
    “she had snags in her stockings”
    synonyms: rent, rip, split, tear
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    type of:
    gap, opening
    an open or empty space in or between things
  4. noun
    an unforeseen obstacle
    synonyms: hang-up, hitch, rub
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    type of:
    obstacle, obstruction
    something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
  5. verb
    catch on a snag
    “I snagged my stocking”
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    type of:
    catch, hitch
    to hook or entangle
  6. verb
    get by acting quickly and smartly
    snag a bargain”
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    type of:
    come into possession of
  7. verb
    hew jaggedly
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    type of:
    strike with an axe; cut down, strike
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