snatch

snatch
snatch1 [snætʃ] v [T]
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch snacken; SNACK2]
1.) to take something away from someone with a quick, often violent, movement
= ↑grab
The thief snatched her purse and ran.
snatch sth away/back from sb
Keith snatches toys away from the other children.
2.) to take someone away from a person or place, especially by force
Vargas was snatched from his home by two armed men.
3.) to quickly get something, especially sleep or rest, because you do not have very much time
= ↑grab
I managed to snatch an hour's sleep on the train.
snatch at [snatch at sth] phr v
to quickly put out your hand to try to take or hold something
Jessie snatched at the bag but I pulled it away.
snatch 2
snatch2 n
1.) a snatch of conversation/music/song etc
a short part of a conversation, song etc that you hear
I could hear snatches of the conversation from across the room.
2.) in snatches
for short periods
I only slept in snatches during the night.
3.) when someone quickly takes or steals something
reports of a bag snatch
4.) taboo informal a very offensive word for a woman's sex organ. Do not use this word.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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