a person or thing that grabs.
Slang. something attention-getting or sensational.

1840–50; grab1 + -er1 Unabridged
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grab (ɡræb)
vb , grabs, grabbing, grabbed
1.  to seize hold of (something)
2.  (tr) to seize illegally or unscrupulously
3.  (tr) to arrest; catch
4.  (intr) (of a brake or clutch in a vehicle) to grip and release intermittently causing juddering
5.  informal (tr) to catch the attention or interest of; impress
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
[C16: probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grabben; related to Swedish grabba, Sanskrit grbhnāti he seizes]

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Example sentences
They then used a long, mechanical grabber to pick up the same block.
Here's an idea for a contest: you write the grabber and readers can write the stories that follow.
Land grabber, neighborhood despoiler, wheeler-dealer--those are the kinds of labels that stick to an urban real estate developer.
Lack of calories-hunger-is a headline-grabber, particularly as rising food
  prices push more people towards starvation.
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