1usually dagsAustralian, New Zealand A lock of wool matted with dung hanging from the hindquarters of a sheep.‘Farmers and farmers-hands may regularly cut off the dags to keep their sheep clean.’
- ‘Besides reducing methane emissions, condensed tannins have other animal-related benefits, including improved milk yields, increased liveweight gain, decreased internal parasite burden and reduced bloat, dags and fly strike.’
- ‘The fleece is so cut that the wool around the base of the legs and backside runs in a continuous line, from which it is easy to strip the dags, the stains and the prickles.’
2Australian, New Zealand informal An entertainingly eccentric person; a character.
- ‘your father must have been a bit of a dag’
- ‘Although it is hard to play favourites with such a loveable bunch of dags, I must confess to preferring mum Janelle to the rest.’
3Australian informal A staid or socially inept person.
- ‘Floyd may be a bit of a dag, but he's a pretty nifty player when it comes to badminton!’
- ‘We've all known people like Steve, the likeable dag with big dreams.’
- 3.1An untidy or dirty-looking person.
verbdags, dagging, dagged[with object]Australian, New Zealand
Cut dags from (a sheep)‘we failed to have the ewes dagged’
- ‘Robert has returned to the farm to dag sheep and I'm staying here with the dog, cats and the baby.’
- ‘Dag the sheep at least seven days before shearing.’
- ‘Ideally sheep should be dagged before shearing particularly if they are excessively soiled.’
- ‘The flock is moved to fresh pasture and the sheep are dagged to prepare for shearing.’
- ‘Dagging sheep is the worst job on the farm.’
- rattle one's dags
- ‘So if Ivy isn't quick enough with the shearing I'll just have to tell her to rattle her dags!’
- ‘Rattle your dags darlin’, let's get out of here.’
Australian, New Zealand informal