1usually as modifier A carpet or rug with a long, rough pile.‘wall-to-wall shag carpet’
pile, fibres, threads, weave, shag, texture, feel, surface, grain
- ‘A windowless basement with wall-to-wall white shag carpet was what Penny and Tom Friedman encountered when they moved into their townhouse near Washington, DC.’
- ‘She latched onto lines like ‘red carpet treatment at shag carpet prices’ and a ‘whole new age of consumer power.’’
- ‘It shattered, pieces scattering across the orange shag carpet.’
- ‘His only lasting one, besides the remarkable stain on the shag carpet now covered by a throw rug, was the small metal charm inserted into the keyhole.’
- ‘Their $2000-a-night lodge apparently contained such delights as '70s-style furniture, pastel shag carpets, an indoor sauna and Jacuzzi tub.’
- ‘The delicate serenade ‘Sparrows Over Birmingham’ and the equally touching ‘Rise’ erase the kitsch factor of the previous 40 minutes and nestle into your soul like it was shag carpet.’
- ‘Any special effects are kept to a bare minimum (that is, if you consider a bolt of lighting in the sky an effect), and the scenes are about as suspenseful as watching my three year old nephew get static shocks from walking across a shag carpet.’
- ‘While I was allowed to ‘express myself‘by choosing bright orange shag carpet, she did draw the line in some cases.’
- ‘Described by the artist as a ‘yellow brick road,’ a wide zigzagging pathway of yellow shag carpet with a red border meandered from the front door through the installation.’
- ‘As I approached the flat square of grass where Judo was held, I slowed to a walk, slipping off my sandals, and plodding down into the grass, my toes squishing into it like a shag carpet.’
- ‘The bed had run of the mill blankets and linens, the floor was an inexpensive shag carpet, and the ceiling had a stucco-mimic finish with some cracks running in the corners.’
- ‘He looked only about six or seven, but was wearing shags for clothing, covered in dirt and skinnier than it was healthy to be.’
- ‘The shag they sold me two years ago continues to emit waves of wispy scarlet wool that spread across the floor like Poe's red death, no matter how many times I put off having the thing cleaned.’
- ‘Just make sure there are no tacks in the used shag you have.’
- ‘I've never complained to our landlord about the lump in the hallway shag that weeps blood when you step on it.’
- ‘The floors were white soft shag usually covered with lego and other toys.’
- ‘When Melissa opened her eyes, she was alone in the carpeting, drowning in brown shag.’
- ‘The carpet appeared to be yellow shag, which felt cool when Iroka swung her feet off the bed and onto the floor.’
- ‘Maybe his sister had been smart when she'd chosen that white shag for her floor; wood may be masculine, but it was hard on the morning senses.’
- ‘The walls are bare, hospital white and the carpet is old brown, 70's shag.’
- 1.1as modifier (of a pile) long and rough.‘a shag pile’
- ‘But before you rush out to buy luridly coloured shag piles or geometric plastic furniture, bear in mind that he believes this will be retro with a twist.’
- 1.2mass noun Cloth with a velvet nap on one side.fibres, threads, loops
2A thick, tangled hairstyle or mass of hair.‘her hair was cut short in a boyish shag’
- ‘a shag cut’
- ‘Logan ran a hand through his strawberry blond shag hair cut and stared down at the two girls in front of him.’
- ‘Fair comment, though it's strange to hear it coming from a guy sporting a mop-top shag haircut straight off the cover of Rubber Soul, a black T-shirt, denim pants and jacket and regulation Ray - Bans.’
- ‘It was covered in stiff, wiry gray hair, with a shag of sorts hanging off its hunched shoulders and thick neck like a mane.’
- ‘It was cut into a short shag style, very short on top with many layers and one longer layer in the back (just long enough to cover my neck).’
- ‘He then gave her a layered shag to remove an optimal amount of damaged hair.’
- ‘Her bright blue hair was cut in a shag so it flew wildly about her face, and her gold eyes shone brightly over what would soon be very lovely features.’
- ‘Her hair, which was cut in a shag just above her ear lobes, was mouse brown.’
- ‘In 2000 Bill trimmed his shag to a respectable ‘suits' length and adopted a camera-perfect part.’
- ‘Tobias was always late, his brown shag slightly messy, messenger bag in his hand rather than on his shoulder, coffee mug tipping in random directions.’
- ‘The shag is also big for those who love their locks.’
- ‘Sometimes he'd come into psych class late and she could tell that he'd overslept and hadn't had time to tame the shag.’
- ‘The class just giggled to themselves and a really tall, arrogant looking guy leaned over, batted at the shag hanging in his eyes.’
- ‘He's grown his shag out a little, so it hangs in his eyes in a very Ian-esque way.’
- ‘He flashed me a triumphant smile as he placed it back on his oh too sexy black shag.’
- ‘That messy shag you have your heart set on might look like a wash-and-go ‘do, but in reality it could take a lot of time to achieve.’
- ‘A short choppy shag that drapes seductively across your forehead and cheeks would be another Libran hairstyle winner.’
- ‘He had a long, brown shag that was slightly messy, dark tan cargo pants, and a green polo shirt.’
- ‘Collin was tall and had blonde shag that was just barely cut off before his sea mist grey eyes.’
- ‘I've trimmed my hair - an attractive self-executed shag - and lightened it with some drugstore color.’
- ‘He was tall, taller than Candice, and he had dark black hair that fell into perfect shag.’
3(also shag tobacco)mass noun A coarse kind of cut tobacco.‘He stood up and went to the side-table and selected a pipe from his rack, and then went to the Persian slipper near the fireplace that held his shag tobacco.’
- ‘Until recently, books about book dealing and book collecting tended to the agreeably fusty, redolent of shag tobacco and carpet slippers.’
- ‘He tutted to himself, lit up a cherry shag and blew a thin tendril of smoke after them through the reassuring mesh of his cage.’
Late Old English sceacga ‘rough matted hair’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skegg ‘beard’ and shaw.
1A western European and Mediterranean cormorant with greenish-black plumage and a long curly crest in the breeding season.
Phalacrocorax aristotelis, family Phalacrocoracidae‘Although the majority of shags, unlike many cormorants, do not normally wander far in winter from their breeding haunts, a small number make prolonged stays on the Norfolk coast.’
- ‘Throughout the isles you'll come across throngs of Arctic terns and both species of skuas, as well as black guillemots, gannets, shags, and Storm and Leach's petrels.’
- ‘These steep pinnacles are now part of the RSPB bird sanctuary populated by the largest Arctic tern colony in north-west Europe, and home to numerous puffins, kittiwakes, shags and fulmars.’
- ‘Cormorants and shags regurgitate pellets of fish bones and scales daily.’
- ‘Out to sea lie the treacherous Little and Halliman Skerries, and at low water groups of gregarious shags often congregate on these flat rocks drying their outstretched wings, while eider ducks can be seen dunking for the bivalve mussels.’
- 1.1mainly New Zealand Any cormorant.‘Other water birds include grey and mallard ducks, black swans, black shags.’
- ‘Again the attraction is bird watching, especially pied shags feeding the young birds in their nests, great crested grebe and large numbers of paradise ducks.’
- ‘The only creatures on the beach were some kayakers and some shags, and around the rocks some seals.’
- like a shag on a rock
In an isolated or exposed position.
- ‘the liner was stuck there like a shag on a rock’
- ‘He looked like a shag on a rock and the whole show was an insult to the grand finalists, sponsors and the game.’
- ‘If Labor ditches the free trade agreement he will be left like a shag on a rock.’
- ‘Although a proud Australian, he says he could not go back there to live because he'd be as "conspicuous as a shag on a rock".’
- ‘The liner Wanganella was stuck there like a shag on a rock until it was refloated off and away to become a hostel ship for workers.’
- ‘The reporter stands there with this air of authority but it just makes them look like shags on a rock trying to sell yesterdays news.’
- ‘While the traditional pathways for the Australian Derby are still in place, the jewel in the crown has been left like a shag on a rock.’
Mid 16th century perhaps a use of shag, with reference to the bird's ‘shaggy’ crest.
A dance originating in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, characterized by vigorous hopping from one foot to the other.
Of obscure derivation; perhaps from obsolete shag ‘waggle’.
Chase or catch (fly balls) for practice.‘you run down to the field and hit a few baseballs and shag a few fly balls’
- ‘At the few other games I went to by myself, I also saw him in the outfield talking with teammates while they shagged fly balls.’
- ‘Lacy grew up a Senator fan and as a teenager he shagged flies in Griffith Stadium for the likes of Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Clyde Milan, and Walter Johnson.’
Early 20th century of unknown origin.
verbverb shags, verb shagging, verb shagged[with object] vulgar slang British
1Have sex with (someone).have sexual intercourse, make love, sleep together, sleep with, go to bed together, go to bed with
- 1.1no object (of two people) have sex.have sexual intercourse, make love, sleep together, sleep with, go to bed together, go to bed with
- 1.1no object (of two people) have sex.
nounvulgar slang British
1An act of having sex.
- 1.1with adjective A sexual partner of a specified ability.
Late 18th century of unknown origin.