There were plenty of armed and uniformed posse members helping out or looking for unauthorized immigrants to nab.
We succeeded to some extent, but failed to nab the key leaders, at which point Bush decided he wanted to invade Iraq.
“The quick reaction of the security chief and the detectives is what helped us nab the suspect,” one source told The Daily Beast.
I know how hard it is to even try and nab Bill for an interview—going through his lawyer, etc.—so how did you corral him?
Police hope to catch the attacker by using the same science that allowed them to nab the suspected ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer.
If we are fairly sharp we ought to nab the whole crowd before they become alarmed.
We'll probably beat you to Skiddyunk, but if we don't, nab 'em if they get on.
Do you remember, Baron, the last time we met asking me to help you nab Wilkins?
So, all I had to do was to wait and nab 'em when they came ashore.
Do you think Jesse Black will tamely sit down and wait for us to come up and nab him?
"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]