verb (used with object), nabbed, nabbing. Informal.
to arrest or capture.
to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
to snatch or steal.

1675–85; earlier nap; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch

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nab (næb)
vb , nabs, nabbing, nabbed
1.  to arrest
2.  to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
3.  to seize suddenly; snatch
[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish nappe, Swedish nappa to snatch. See kidnap]

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"to catch (someone), 1686, probably a variant of dial. nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1673, now surviving only in kidnap), which is possibly from Scand. (cf. Norw. nappe "to catch, snatch;" Swed. nappa; Dan. nappe "to pinch, pull"), reinforced by M.E. napand "grasping, greedy."
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Example sentences
But its new employees were of high quality, even though it might have nabbed a
  few better candidates by waiting.
The cameras were installed on a beltway and nabbed speeders.
There was plenty of interplanetary booty to be nabbed.
We nabbed the top of the chimney and came back up with a chunk of sulfide in a
  box, she says.
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