Dangle vs Sag - What's the difference?

dangle | sag |

As a verb dangle

is to hang loosely with the ability to swing.

As a noun dangle

is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.

As an initialism sag is

(on a letter), saint anthony guard (or guide).

As an acronym sag is

screen actors guild.




  • to hang loosely with the ability to swing
  • * Hudibras
  • He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
  • * Tennyson
  • From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
  • To hang or trail something loosely.
  • To trail or follow around.
  • * 1833 , Miller's Modern Acting Drama
  • To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.


    (wikipedia dangle) (en noun)
  • An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
  • (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
  • That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  • A dangling ornament or decoration.
  • * 1941 , Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford
  • So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles , like tiny fishing rods.


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    Etymology 1

    From late (etyl) saggen, probably of Scandinavian/(etyl) origin (compare Norwegian ); probably akin to Danish and Norwegian sakke, Swedish sacka, Icelandic sakka, Old Norse sokkva. Compare also Low German sacken, Dutch zakken.


    (en noun)
  • The state of sinking or bending; sagging.
  • The difference in elevation of a wire, cable, chain or rope suspended between two consecutive points.
  • The difference height or depth between the vertex and the rim of a curved surface, specifically used for optical elements such as a mirror or lens.
  • Verb

  • To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane.
  • A line or cable supported by its ends sags , even if it is tightly drawn.
    The floor of a room sags .
  • To lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position.
  • A building may sag one way or another.
    The door sags on its hinges.
  • (figuratively) To lose firmness, elasticity, vigor, or a thriving state; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear, / Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.
  • To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
  • To cause to bend or give way; to load.
  • (informal) To wear one's trousers so that their top is well below the waist.
  • Etymology 2


  • * 2003 , Charles Campion, The Rough Guide to London Restaurants (page 173)
  • The dal tarka (£5) is made from whole yellow split peas, while sag aloo (£5) brings potatoes in a rich and oily spinach puree.


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