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Wag (verb active)

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To Wag. v.a. [waʒian, Saxon; waggen, Dutch.] To move lightly; to shake slightly.

I can counterfeit the deep tragedian;
Tremble and start at wagging of a straw.

You may as well forbid the mountain pines
To wag their high tops, and to make a noise,
When they are fretted with the gusts of heav'n.

All that pass, hiss and wag their head at thee. La. ii. 15.

Thou canst not wag thy finger, or begin
The least light motion, but it tends to sin.

So have I seen in black and white,
A prating thing, a magpye hight,
Majestically stalk;
A stately, worthless animal,
That plies the tongue, and wags the tail,
All flutter, pride, and talk.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Lamentations (1) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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