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body snatching

the act or practice of robbing a grave to obtain a cadaver for dissection.
Origin of body snatching
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I'm not strong on body-snatching, and I have a hunch that the shade of old Manard is still hanging around somewhere.

  • One of the editions was issued with the title of body-snatching.

  • Thoughts of body-snatching and bizarre surgery flitted through his mind to be instantly dismissed.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • The point is, I'm going to do the body-snatching instead of you.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • In former times "body-snatching," or digging up bodies for dissections, was much, more heard of than at present.

  • This was a real or an imaginary case of the body-snatching of which Herodotus speaks frequently.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • Stealing from that sort of grave seems to make the modern methods of body-snatching quite insignificant.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • But I was too conscientious to be accessory to the crime of body-snatching, and he had not courage enough to do the foul deed.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • But while the students of the metropolis were active in the body-snatching work, those of Glasgow were following hard behind them.

    The History of Burke and Hare George Mac Gregor
  • And surely what better time could be chosen for a "body-snatching" story than "luncheon."

    Corea or Cho-sen A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor

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