nab

When you nab someone, you catch the person in the act of doing something wrong. A police officer, for example, might say that she loves to nab shoplifters.

You nab when you apprehend a bad guy, or when you suddenly grab something: "Hey, you can't just nab a slice of pizza off my plate!" It's most common to use nab when a criminal is caught, as when the FBI nabs a suspected terrorist or an officer nabs a would-be graffiti artist. Nab probably came from an earlier word, nap, "to seize or catch," which is now obsolete except in the word kidnap.

Definitions of nab
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v take into custody

“the police nabbed the suspected criminals”
Synonyms:
apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nail, pick up
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v seize suddenly

Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v tag the base runner to get him out

Type of:
tag
touch a player while he is holding the ball

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