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  1. snatch
    IPA[snaCH]
  2. verb

    • 1. quickly seize (something) in a rude or eager way:

      she snatched a cookie from the plate a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat
      Synonym : grab, seize, seize hold of, grab hold of, take hold of, lay hold of, lay (one's) hands on, get one's hands on, take, pluck, take a grip of, grip, grasp, clutch
    • 2. steal (something) or kidnap (someone) by seizing or grabbing suddenly:

      a mission to snatch Winston Churchill
      Synonym : steal, thieve, rob, take, pilfer, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry off, embezzle, misappropriate, walk off/away with, run away/off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch, pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, heist, glom, snavel, tief, crib, hook
    • 3. hastily or ineffectually attempt to seize (something):

      she snatched at the handle
    • 4. quickly secure or obtain (something) when a chance presents itself:

      we snatched a few hours' sleep
    • 5. eagerly take or accept (an offer or opportunity):

      I snatched at the chance
      Synonym : accept eagerly, jump at, take advantage of, grab (at), snap up, seize (on), grasp, grasp with both hands, pounce on, swoop down on, buy eagerly/quickly

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: snatch, plural noun: snatches

    • verb

      quickly seize (something) in a rude or eager way:

      steal (something) or kidnap (someone) by seizing or grabbing suddenly:

    • noun

      an act of snatching or quickly seizing something:

      a short spell of doing something:

    • noun

      a group of police officers or soldiers detailed to seize troublemakers in a crowd.
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