gag line

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gag line the point of a joke or humorous story
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Usage

In literature:

At penny-a-lining make your whack, Or with the mummers mug and gag?
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
Nothing but the actual gag, or a line of conduct that courts no favour and requires no concealment, will pass current with the world.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
At penny-a-lining make your whack, Or with the mummers mug and gag?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
A couple of West Indian hall boys, who's gag line was "Say-hib," lets us in.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
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In poetry:

A feller in the firin' line,
Tied up with sich a gag,
Who has to curse by look an' sign,
He fair gets out the rag.
An' so, I ses, each time I shoots,
"I'll teach you, you - you - you - you broots!"
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Simpson's have been around for more than two decades and have provided so many memorable lines, sayings and gags.
Hamburger's live performances, often held up as an example of so-called anti-comedy, consist largely of ex-wife jokes, flailing one-liners, and foul-spirited Q&A gags that walk a line between conscious hackery and transcendence.
A phrase once considered one of the most serious accusations possible has become a gag line.
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In science:

The dot-dashed line in the GAg panel shows the observed entropy proļ¬le for group NGC 2563 from Trinchieri, Fabbiano, & Kim (1997).
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
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