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
  1. verb
    grasp hastily or eagerly
    “Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone”
    synonyms: snap, snatch up
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    swoop, swoop up
    seize or catch with a swooping motion
    type of:
    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  2. verb
    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    synonyms: abduct, kidnap, nobble
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    impress, shanghai
    take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
    type of:
    take or capture by force
  3. verb
    make grasping motions
    “the cat snatched at the butterflies”
  4. noun
    the act of catching an object with the hands
    “Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away”
    synonyms: 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
  5. noun
    a small fragment
    “overheard snatches of their conversation”
    synonyms: bit
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    type of:
    an incomplete piece
  6. noun
    (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
    synonyms: kidnapping
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    type of:
    capture, seizure
    the act of taking a person by force
  7. noun
    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
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    weightlift, weightlifting
    bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
  8. noun
    obscene terms for female genitals
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