snatch

[snach]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at ).
verb (used with object)
2.
to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp: He snatched the old lady's purse and ran.
3.
to take, get, secure, etc., suddenly or hastily.
4.
to rescue or save by prompt action: He snatched the baby from the fire.
5.
Slang. to kidnap.
noun
6.
the act or an instance of snatching.
7.
a sudden motion to seize something; grab: He made a snatch as if to stop her.
8.
a bit, scrap, or fragment of something: snatches of conversation.
9.
a brief spell of effort, activity, or any experience: to work in snatches.
10.
Nautical. a sheave or projecting member serving as a fairlead.
11.
a brief period of time.
12.
Slang. an act of kidnapping.
13.
Slang: Vulgar. vulva; vagina.
14.
Weightlifting. a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead.
Compare clean and jerk.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English snacche (noun), snacchen (v.) < ?; cognate with Middle Dutch snacken

snatchable, adjective
snatcher, noun
snatchingly, adverb
outsnatch, verb (used with object)
unsnatched, adjective
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snatch (snætʃ)
 
vb (usually foll by at)
1.  (tr) to seize or grasp (something) suddenly or peremptorily: he snatched the chocolate out of my hand
2.  to seize or attempt to seize suddenly
3.  (tr) to take hurriedly: to snatch some sleep
4.  (tr) to remove suddenly: she snatched her hand away
5.  (tr) to gain, win, or rescue, esp narrowly: they snatched victory in the closing seconds
6.  (tr) (in weightlifting) to lift (a weight) with a snatch
7.  informal (Austral) snatch one's time to leave a job, taking whatever pay is due
 
n
8.  an act of snatching
9.  a fragment or small incomplete part: snatches of conversation
10.  a brief spell: snatches of time off
11.  weightlifting a lift in which the weight is raised in one quick motion from the floor to an overhead position
12.  slang chiefly (US) an act of kidnapping
13.  slang (Brit) a robbery: a diamond snatch
 
[C13 snacchen; related to Middle Dutch snakken to gasp, Old Norse snaka to sniff around]
 
'snatcher
 
n

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snatch
early 13c., perhaps from M.Du. snacken "to snatch, chatter." The noun is attested from c.1300; vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; from a much older sense of "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928.
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Example sentences
He also happened to be driving in a stolen vehicle, but whether he was the one
  who snatched it has yet to be determined.
Eggs caught in the receding waters of the tide are snatched up by crabs, eels
  and minnows.
We snatched a cold hoecake or leftover biscuit smeared with jelly and took off
  on our own adventures.
Ants do their best to avoid being snatched up as snacks.
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