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Fag   /fæg/   Listen

(past & past part. fagged; pres. part. fagging)
Act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools.
Work hard.  Synonyms: dig, drudge, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail.  "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress.  Synonyms: fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary.

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"Fag" Quotes from Famous Books

... foreign to Irish ideas. A pleasant and characteristic feature of Jesuit schools is the habit of telling off some boy to act as companion and cicerone to a newcomer for his first week or fortnight; and the ridiculous English fashion which prescribes that the smallest fag should be described as a "man" is unknown. Christian names, not surnames, are used generally. The unpopularity of boarding schools in Ireland is due to the great value set upon home life; and an Irish boarding ...
— Irish Books and Irish People • Stephen Gwynn

... Some folks and some fields never alter. But the People of the Hills didn't work any changeling tricks. They'd tiptoe in and whisper and weave round the cradle-babe in the chimney-corner—a fag-end of a charm here, or half a spell there—like kettles singing; but when the babe's mind came to bud out afterwards, it would act differently from other people in its station. That's no advantage to man or ...
— Rewards and Fairies • Rudyard Kipling

... equipped with new clothes, the pair set out together. The boy was now ten, and looked forward hopefully to the future; but the scholar quickly showed himself in his true colours. He treated Butzbach as a fag, made him trudge behind carrying the larger share of their bundles, and when they came to an inn feasted royally himself off the money given to him for the boy, leaving him to the charity of the innkeepers. At the ...
— The Age of Erasmus - Lectures Delivered in the Universities of Oxford and London • P. S. Allen

... Fag, v. [fag] Desfallecer desmayarse de cansancio; trabajar demasiado por otro. Mapat, mapagal; ...
— Dictionary English-Spanish-Tagalog • Sofronio G. Calderon

... of his mates, who lowered him gently, then brought a stretcher on which to carry him to the R.A.P. As they were about to start away with him, he opened his eyes, and they inquired if he were hurt. 'Well, it does give you a bit of a headache, you know,' he replied; 'have you got a fag?' A cigarette was handed to him, and as they carried him away he smoked ...
— Over the Top With the Third Australian Division • G. P. Cuttriss

... understanding that we should spend more if it was wanted. I wrote to Chamberlain: "We always have two subjects—(a) Conference, (b) Gordon." And he wrote back: "The first always taking up two or three hours; and the second five minutes at the fag ...
— The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Vol. 2 • Stephen Gwynn

... which ensued between the two houses, prevented the passing of every bill projected during the present session. One Dr. Shirley, being cast in a lawsuit before chancery against Sir John Fag, a member of the house of commons, preferred a petition of appeal to the house of peers. The lords received it, and summoned Fag to appear before them. He complained to the lower house, who espoused his cause. They not only maintained, that no member of their house could be summoned ...
— The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. - From Charles II. to James II. • David Hume

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