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[grab-er] /ˈgræb ər/
a person or thing that grabs.
Slang. something attention-getting or sensational.
Origin of grabber
1840-50; grab1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for grabber
  • They then used a long, mechanical grabber to pick up the same block.
  • Lack of calories-hunger-is a headline-grabber, particularly as rising food prices push more people towards starvation.
  • The prospect of jail is a powerful attention-grabber.
  • His use of these words has been the headline-grabber.
  • Here's an idea for a contest: you write the grabber and readers can write the stories that follow.
  • But forget about the lifting: it's nothing more than a fancy coin-op grabber-hook fairground trick.
  • Land grabber, neighborhood despoiler, wheeler-dealer--those are the kinds of labels that stick to an urban real estate developer.
  • From the outside its signature feature is a perforated steel scrim that acts as both a sunscreen and an instant attention-grabber.
  • Another sure attention-grabber: wearing part of the uniform during anti-war demonstrations.
  • As cost-effectiveness is the only attention-grabber for the hospital administrators, such poor outcomes go unnoticed.
Slang definitions & phrases for grabber



Anything that seizes and rivets the attention; something that commands immediate admiration; hook: Dance within the regular format is a solid grabber/ He's found a real grabber (1966+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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