grab

Definitions

  • Grabbed a Mouthful of Dad's Ample Pants 386
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grab capture the attention or imagination of "This story will grab you","The movie seized my imagination"
    • v grab take or grasp suddenly "She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"
    • v grab take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of "Catch the ball!","Grab the elevator door!"
    • v grab make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand "The passenger grabbed for the oxygen mask"
    • v grab get hold of or seize quickly and easily "I snapped up all the good buys during the garage sale"
    • v grab obtain illegally or unscrupulously "Grab power"
    • n grab the act of catching an object with the hands "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate","he made a grab for the ball before it landed","Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away","the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"
    • n grab a mechanical device for gripping an object
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The boy grabs the hare by the ears The boy grabs the hare by the ears
Palmer Grabbed Alfred by the Collar Palmer Grabbed Alfred by the Collar
Grabbed a Circus Man by the Arm 047 Grabbed a Circus Man by the Arm 047

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people's eye lashes. It's harmless and normal.(so they claim) To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They'll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S.
    • Grab A sudden grasp or seizure.
    • n Grab grăb (Naut) A vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts.
    • Grab An instrument for clutching objects for the purpose of raising them; -- specially applied to devices for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven.
    • v. t. & i Grab grăb To gripe suddenly; to seize; to snatch; to clutch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A guy wearing pantyhose on his face tried to rob a store in a mall. When security came, he quickly grabbed a shopping bag and pretended to be shopping, forgetting that he was still wearing the pantyhose. He was captured and his loot was returned to the store.
    • grab To seize forcibly or roughly; grip suddenly; snatch; hence, to get possession of rudely, roughly, forcibly, or illegally.
    • n grab The act of grabbing; a sudden grasp or seizure; a catch; hence, acquisition by violent, dishonest, or corrupt means.
    • n grab Something that is grabbed or obtained by grabbing.
    • n grab A mechanical device for gripping an object; a grip. Specifically In mining, a tool intended for extricating broken rods or other articles from a boring, A pair of iron hooks or grapples for gripping an object.
    • n grab A vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts.
    • grab To strike the heel of the front foot with the toe of the hind foot: said of a horse.
    • n grab A form of dredger-bucket used for digging soft materials; a clam-shell bucket.
    • n grab plural Same as skidding-tongs.
    • n grab In forestry, the stem of an alder, or other small tree, which is bent over and plugged into a hole bored in a boom-stick, or secured in some other way, to hold a boom or logs inshore.
    • n grab A children's game at cards, in which, when two or more cards of equal value are on the table together, the player who is quickest to recognize and grab them adds them to his own hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grab grab a vessel on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts.
    • v.t Grab grab (coll.) to seize or grasp suddenly: to lay hands on
    • pr.p Grab grab′bing; pa.p. grabbed
    • n Grab a sudden grasp or catch, acquisition by violent or unjust means: that which is seized: a simple card game
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Quotations

  • Harry Hershfield
    Harry Hershfield
    “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”
  • Maya Angelou
    Maya%20Angelou
    “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
  • Alan Valentine
    Alan Valentine
    “Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.”
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”
  • Harold S. Geneen
    Harold%20S.%20Geneen
    “I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    Samuel%20Goldwyn
    “I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.”

Idioms

Grab the bull by its horns - If you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem.
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Up for grabs - If something is up for grabs, it is available and whoever is first or is successful will get it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Sw. grabba, to grasp. Cf. Grabble Grapple Grasp

Usage

In literature:

The Kid suddenly reaches up, grabs De Vronde by the arm and jerks him out of the car.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
He swam to the nearest one and grabbed it.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
But now isn't he as full of surprises as a grab-bag?
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I grabbed his hand, I smiled, I talked, I told him I was tickled to death, I even tried pounding him on the back.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Just as though the hand of Fate was groping around and trying to grab me.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
No wonder they didn't grab him for the cavalry; he'd have fallen all over himself in the first charge.
"The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields" by Lieut. Howard Payson
Micky grabbed at the excuse she offered him.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
In another he was beside the assassin, who, with a lightning grab at the knife in his mouth, had started to spring up.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
He wasn't afraid of grabbing a crab or an eel.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
You grabbed them from Palveri.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
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In poetry:

O Reize voll Verderben!
Wir sehen euch, und sterben.
O Augen, unser Grab!
O Chloris, darf ich flehen?
Dich sicher anzusehen,
Lass erst den Flor herab!
"Der Flor" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Es gelten die Tage wohl von Lihü,
als ein Denkmal der zwölften Kompagnie;
grab du dir sie tief in das Herze auch ein,
denn sie sollen uns unvergeßlich sein.
"Die Tage von Lihü" by Anonymous European
But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
For he knew it was useless to fly.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
With a giratin' jump he goes over the gate,
And I grabbed for the horn, but I was too late.
He hit with a jar that 'most shed his hair;
It busted me loose and I quit him right there.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
Oh, you're grabbed! See his claw on your sleeve, on your sleeve!
It is Sinbad's Old Man of the Sea!
You're a Christian, no doubt you believe, you believe
You're a martyr, whatever you be!
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Well, juts blame it on the War,
When Venetians grew thinner,
And gaunt hands would grab us for
Succulence to serve a dinner . . .
How our numbers fast grew fewer,
As we perished on a skewer.
"The Pigeons Of St. Marks" by Robert W Service

In news:

EOne grabs UK, Canada rights to ' City State '.
City's State Assembly Seat Up For Grabs.
EOne grabs UK, Canada rights to 'City State'.
As he walked back to the sideline after he couldn't haul in a touchdown grab against Boston College on Saturday night, DaVaris Daniels' left arm hung limply and ominously at his side.
The Stanley Cup will not be the only thing up for grabs when the Penguins face the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Washington Nationals second baseman Steve Lombardozzi (1) grabs a grounder in front more.
The Cavs' LeBron James grabs a loose ball in front of Celtics guard Tony Allen.
Children grab books and find a place to read in the kindergarten class at Tempe's Bethany Christian School.
A Missouri State defender grabs the facemask of ISU's #22 Shakir Bell during second half action Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
So put down your homework, grab a beer and a friend, and come over and rock with us.
We have the names of this year's trio of Cuban Edición Limitadas, and the star of the group is a fat new Cohiba that is sure to grab worldwide attention.
Glenford Nunez grabs attention with a new project featuring curly, glorious, natural hair.
Some attention-grabbing projects are the product of brainstorming or countless hours of intentional artistic exploration.
On the day after the contentious debate between the presidential candidates, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are heading back out to states where the election is up for grabs.
Paula Green, associate director, with a sampling of grab & go items.
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In science:

Angle, surveying earlier narrative work in sociology, sees this as the result of redistribution by which some members of society succeed in grabbing some of the surplus wealth of others.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
Grab the three corners A′ , B ′ , C ′ and pull tight in outward directions.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
The technique used for constructing this example, is based on the following general idea: grab a locally nilpotent derivation D on a polynomial ring K [n] having the required properties (non-finitely generated kernel).
Infinitely generated Derksen and Makar-Limanov invariant
In recent times Hegselmann and Krause grabbed on this with the idea of bounded confidence and formulated a model (now nonlinear) of opinion dynamics which can be seen as repeated meetings of agents with bounded confidence.
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence
The purpose of V is to act on RBi and convert it to a particular qubit, for example the last qubit, q0 which Alice is waiting to grab.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
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