When you snatch something, you grab it — either literally or figuratively. You might eagerly snatch the TV remote or your best friend's idea. Snatching can be nasty.

You might snatch a lost balloon before it gets away, or snatch your cat before he can escape the room. The verb snatch can also be used in a figurative way, like when you snatch the first job offer that comes your way after graduating from college. The origin is most likely the Middle English word snacche, which means "to suddenly snap at," or in its noun form, "a trap."

Definitions of snatch

v grasp hastily or eagerly

“Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone”
snap, snatch up
swoop, swoop up
seize or catch with a swooping motion
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

abduct, kidnap, nobble
impress, shanghai
take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
Type of:
take or capture by force

v make grasping motions

“the cat snatched at the butterflies”

n the act of catching an object with the hands

“Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away”
catch, grab, snap
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fair catch
(American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
(American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
(American football) the act of catching a pass in football
the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
shoestring catch
(baseball) a running catch made near the ground
interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing
the act of interlocking or meshing
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

n a small fragment

“overheard snatches of their conversation”
Type of:
an incomplete piece

n (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment

Type of:
capture, seizure
the act of taking a person by force

n a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion

Type of:
weightlift, weightlifting
bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights

n obscene terms for female genitals

Type of:
fanny, female genital organ, female genitalia, female genitals
external female sex organs

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