hit a snag

Discussion in 'English Only' started by amateurr, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. amateurr

    amateurr Senior Member

    Russian
    "It's how I got this job. My dad handled her money and he asked her to hook me up after my acting career ... hit a bit of a snag and voila--the birth of lifetime receptionist Amanda Tanen."

    Could you tell me what Amanda means by "hit a bit of a snag"? Encounter a problem or something?
     
  2. Basil Ganglia

    Basil Ganglia Senior Member

    Bellevue, WA
    English - USA
    That's correct.

    As an idiom it likely originates from navigating a boat in a river or lake. A "snag" is a log, usually hidden below the water surface. "Hitting a snag" then became a euphemism for encountering an unexpected difficulty.
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  3. Harry Batt

    Harry Batt Senior Member

    Minneapolis
    USA English
    As an idiom, 'hit a snag" or "run into a snag" has no peer when you want to describe the reason something has gone wrong with an event or whatever you are trying to accomplish. I like Basil's hidden log example.
     

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