snatch


snatch
snatchable, adj.snatcher, n.snatchingly, adv.
/snach/, v.i.
1. to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually fol. by at).
v.t.
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.
n.
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. Naut. 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. Cf. clean and jerk.
[1175-1225; ME snacche (n.), snacchen (v.) < ?; c. MD snacken]

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