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[grab] /græb/
verb (used with object), grabbed, grabbing.
1.
to seize suddenly or quickly; snatch; clutch:
He grabbed me by the collar.
2.
to take illegal possession of; seize forcibly or unscrupulously:
to grab land.
3.
to obtain and consume quickly:
Let's grab a sandwich before going to the movie.
4.
Slang.
  1. to cause a reaction in; affect:
    How does my idea grab you?
  2. to arouse the interest or excitement of:
    The book was O.K., but it just didn't grab me.
verb (used without object), grabbed, grabbing.
5.
to make a grasping or clutching motion (usually followed by at):
He grabbed frantically at the life preserver.
6.
(of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion; bind.
noun
7.
a sudden, quick grasp or snatch:
to make a grab at something.
8.
seizure or acquisition by violent or unscrupulous means.
9.
something that is grabbed.
10.
a mechanical device for gripping objects.
11.
the capacity to hold or adhere:
The glue was so old it had lost its grab.
Idioms
12.
up for grabs, Informal. available to anyone willing to expend the energy to get it:
The Republican nomination for mayor was up for grabs.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German grabben, Swedish grabba
Related forms
grabbable, adjective
ungrabbing, adjective
Synonyms
1. grasp, grip, catch.
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Examples from the web for grabbed
  • Millions of years back, they apparently grabbed the genes for making carotenoids directly from a carotenoid-producing fungus.
  • Or a time you grabbed a magazine off a newsstand, or raised a hand to hail a taxi.
  • Roy grabbed its tail and yanked the broken thing out from under.
  • grabbed his shoulder or arm, squeezed the muscle against the bone.
  • He grabbed one of the pieces before surfacing in order to have proof of what he had seen.
  • He grabbed her hair and stuffed the knickers in her mouth.
  • She retreated, grabbed a branch sticking out of the water, and used it to gauge the water's depth before wading deeper.
  • When grabbed by a predator, the sea star can simply lose a limb and later grow a replacement.
  • As they drowned, and the fire began to engulf the rudder, she grabbed a small board and floated away.
  • For me, that means a small, carefully packed piece that can be grabbed at a moment's notice.
British Dictionary definitions for grabbed

grab

/ɡræb/
verb grabs, grabbing, grabbed
1.
to seize hold of (something)
2.
(transitive) to seize illegally or unscrupulously
3.
(transitive) to arrest; catch
4.
(intransitive) (of a brake or clutch in a vehicle) to grip and release intermittently causing juddering
5.
(transitive) (informal) to catch the attention or interest of; impress
noun
6.
the act or an instance of grabbing
7.
a mechanical device for gripping objects, esp the hinged jaws of a mechanical excavator
8.
something that is grabbed
9.
(informal) up for grabs, available to be bought, claimed, or won
Derived Forms
grabber, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grabben; related to Swedish grabba, Sanskrit grbhnāti he seizes
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Word Origin and History for grabbed

grab

v.

1580s, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben "to grab," from Proto-Germanic *grab (cf. Old English græppian "to seize," Old Saxon garva, Old High German garba "sheaf," literally "that which is gathered up together"), from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (cf. Sanskrit grbhnati "seizes," Old Persian grab- "seize" as possession or prisoner, Old Church Slavonic grabiti "to seize, rob," Lithuanian grebiu "to rake"). Sense of "to get by unscrupulous methods" reinforced by grab game, a kind of swindle, attested from 1846. Related: Grabbed; grabbing.

n.

1777, "thing grabbed;" 1824, "act of grabbing," from grab (v.). Up for grabs attested from 1945 in jive talk.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grabbed

grab

noun

An arrest; bust, pinch: We will get credit for the grab, and we will also profit/ The only thing worse than no grab is a bad grab (1753+ Police)

verb

To seize the admiration or attention of; impress: How does that grab you?/ to reflect on a whole lot of things that had been grabbing me (1966+)


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Idioms and Phrases with grabbed

grab

In addition to the idiom beginning with
grab
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