from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Caribbean Informal talk, usually among men, occurring in a public place: "the street corner, the rum shop, the crossroads, wherever hanging out, or . . . blagging, takes place” ( Roger D. Abrahams).

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  • v. Present participle of blag.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From French blaguer, to talk through one's hat, from blague, bladder, pouch, of Germanic origin, ultimately from Latin bulga, leather bag; see bulge.


  • People found guilty of obtaining personal details by deception - known as "blagging" - should be jailed, Deputy PM Nick Clegg has said.

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  • Well, as of writing this e-mail David Cameron is standing by his press adviser Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor linked today with allegations that reporters on his former newspaper may have been involved in a pattern of telephone bugging and "blagging" - in effect, lying - to obtain stories.

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  • One of the features of this piece of legalized nation-blagging is that the EU will have the ability to make all sorts of amendments to the Constitution, including the abolition of vetoes, without having to bother with the inconvenience of getting everyone’s consent to anything so tricky as a new Treaty.

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  • The Sunday Times has argued the story was in the public interest, and therefore obtaining information by deceit - or "blagging" - was defensible.

  • He described some of the "dark arts" he had been told of by tabloid reporters, including burglary, phone and email hacking and "blagging" - obtaining information by deceit.

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  • As well as phone hacking, the notes referred to "blagging", obtaining information by deception. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • 's British tabloids obtained personal information on individuals through a technique known as blagging, according to the government agency charged with enforcing Britain's privacy laws.

    British Tabloids Face Scrutiny By Government on Privacy Issues

  • Is "blagging" a new word for blogging and bragging at the same time?

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  • The information was allegedly obtained via a practice known as "blagging," in which an individual lies to obtain private information such as unlisted phone numbers, addresses and voice-mail PIN codes.

    London Police Decline to Reopen Tabloid Probe

  • "The current very low penalties under the Data Protection Act for "blagging" offences which do not involve telecoms interception are not a sufficient deterrent to stop the widespread illegal trade in personal information."

    Muck-Raking Again


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