Mad Men and Modern Family came out tops on TV's most glamorous night—with Glee, despite the hype, nabbing just two awards.
In a world where enough is never enough, nabbing that last career-capping acquisition can kill you.
In just the latest, the embattled governor is being called out for violating state ethics laws by nabbing Yankees tickets gratis.
"to catch (someone)," 1680s, probably a variant of dialectal nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1670s, now surviving only in kidnap), which possibly is from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nappe, Swedish nappa "to catch, snatch;" Danish nappe "to pinch, pull"); reinforced by Middle English napand "grasping, greedy." Related: Nabbed; nabbing.
(also nabs) A police officer or detective (1950s+ Street gang)
To catch; seize; arrest; collar: The officers nabbed him around the corner (1686+)
[fr dialect nap as in kidnap, perhaps related to Swedish nappa, ''catch,'' or Danish nappe, ''pull''; probably related to nip; the noun sense is recorded in British criminal slang by 1813]