snatch

Definitions

  • "Charlie snatched up one of the legs of pork."
    "Charlie snatched up one of the legs of pork."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snatch to make grasping motions "the cat snatched at the butterflies"
    • v snatch to grasp hastily or eagerly "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"
    • v snatch take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
    • n snatch 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 snatch a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
    • n snatch (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
    • n snatch obscene terms for female genitals
    • n snatch a small fragment "overheard snatches of their conversation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios
    • Snatch A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
    • Snatch A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower. "They move by fits and snatches ."
    • Snatch A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap. "We have often little snatches of sunshine.""Leave me your snatches , and yield me a direct answer."
    • v. i Snatch To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at; as, to snatch at a rope.
    • Snatch To seize and transport away; to rap. "Snatch me to heaven."
    • Snatch To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss. "When half our knowledge we must snatch , not take."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • snatch To seize or take hastily, eagerly, abruptly, or violently.
    • snatch Hence, figuratively To get or save by sudden or violent effort, or by good fortune.
    • snatch To seize or transport away quickly or forcibly.
    • snatch Nautical, to place the bight of (a rope) in a snatch-block so that it may lead properly.
    • snatch To seize, or attempt to seize, a thing suddenly: generally with at.
    • snatch See the quotation.
    • n snatch A hasty catch or seizing.
    • n snatch An attempt to seize suddenly; a sharp attack.
    • n snatch A catching of the voice; impeded utterance.
    • n snatch A piece snatched or broken off; a small piece or quantity; a fragment; a bit.
    • n snatch A short fit of vigorous action: as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.
    • n snatch A hasty repast; a snack; a bit of food.
    • n snatch A quibble; a shuffiing answer.
    • n snatch An open lead for a block. See snatch-block.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Snatch snach to seize quickly: to take without permission: to seize and carry away
    • v.i Snatch to try to seize hastily
    • n Snatch a hasty catching or seizing: a short time of exertion: a small piece or fragment: a catching of the voice: a hasty snack of food: a quibble
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Quotations

  • Hannah Arendt
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    “Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.”
  • Anna Letitia Barbauld
    Anna Letitia Barbauld
    “When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from friend is snatched forlorn; When man is left alone to mourn, oh! then how sweet it is to die!”
  • Rod Mckeun
    Rod Mckeun
    “Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You've only to reach out and snatch one...”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Let us my friends snatch our opportunity from the passing day.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. snachen, snechen,; akin to D. snakken, to gasp, to long (for), to desire. Cf. Snack (n.) Sneck

Usage

In literature:

We chatted, by snatches, of the party and of things that had happened in my absence.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
At random he snatched for the first that came.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
He snatched Kathlyn's rifle, but this, too, was useless.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
She snatched her eyes from his face, and then peeped at him warily.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Tom snatched up a piece of chalk and made some quick diagrams on a blackboard.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
Before Tibbie could say no, I had snatched up a cap and was off.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Clouds the darkened heavens have drowned, And snatched the daylight from the Trojans' eyes.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
It snatched them away again, flapping them flaglike.
"The Way of the Wind" by Zoe Anderson Norris
Only the baby, grave and unalarmed, stood his ground and Susan snatched him up.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Now it snatched up the keys again, and holding them close to its ear, rattled them furiously.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
After snatching a hasty lunch, Tom returned to work.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
He rose with a cry and snatched his cap, and tore open the door.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
The hands were scarcely finished when Geppetto felt his wig snatched from his head.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
But he waited to hear my breathless story, and, when I came to the pith of it, snatched my letter from my hand and read it eagerly.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
The boy fell at her feet and kissed the hem of her frock, for she snatched away her hands.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Rush out upon the old ladies and snatch it from Scarecrow's hand!
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
Gaston dropped his tin and made a snatch at it.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Brands snatched from the burning!
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
She vainly struggles against him, he snatches the ring from her, and so she is conquered.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Then he began to sing snatches.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

Oh! that we were made meet for bliss,
Like those snatched from the breast,
That we might dwell where Jesus is,
And be for ever blest!
"An Elegy On The Death Of A Young Child, (That Died November 23rd, 1827.)" by Joseph Hodgson
No chance can snatch this diadem,
It trembles not with hopes or fears,
It shines before the rose appears,
And when the leaves forsake her stem.
"The Crown of Years" by Robert Fuller Murray
What could she say: what could she
do? her complaints were many and vain.
She opened this grave for the warriours;
and fell into it herself, before it
was closed; like the sun snatched away
in a storm.
"Fragment IX" by James Macpherson
O Lucy, thou art snatch'd from folly,
Become too tender to be vain,
The world, it makes me melancholy,
The world would lure thee back again!
And it would cost me many sighs,
To see it win so bright a prize!
"Vignette - II" by Matilda Betham
Has he come to your dwelling, by night or by day,
And snatched the young birds from their warm nest away?
I paused for an answer; o'er valley and hill
Rang the voice of the bird, as he cried, "Whip-poor-Will."
"The Whippoorwill And I" by Horatio Alger Jr
How your noble kinsmen laughed and wept
O'er their treasure snatched from the flood,
And your white-faced brother brought me gold--
You loved him, or I could
Have obeyed the fiend that told me
To curse him where he stood.
"The Lady Maud" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Good deed ends with purse snatching.
Coyotes snatch dog on walk in Huntington Beach.
An 8-year-old Georgia girl says it "really, really hurt" when a dolphin snatched her hand in its mouth while she fed the animal as part of an attraction at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
East Providence Police snatch drive-by shooting suspect.
Their West Palm Beach-based company, Legalprise Inc, snatches information from state foreclosure court records and filters it into searchable spreadsheets.
Kidnappers snatched the mother of.
France 's PPR to Snatch Up Chinese Jeweler Qeelin.
Fresh signs that Democrats could snatch Indiana's Senate seat from the Republicans make it distinctly harder for the GOP to seize the Senate majority in Tuesday's election.
We've seen the script so many times, Tom Brady snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Mayor's granddaughter arrested in purse snatching.
Suspects identified in grocery store purse snatchings.
A husband and wife allegedly involved in snatching a Savoy woman's purse pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court to unarmed robbery charges and remain free pending further court proceedings.
Church's Chicken manager snatches gun from robber's hand .
Robber snatches iPhone – while it is in use .
Murrells Inlet man charged in Myrtle Beach purse snatching.
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In science:

My proposal was that the Frigatebird had represented a bird snatching his food from the ocean surface, in the same manner as the geoglyph is snatching the star from the horizon.
Maria Reiche's Line to Archaeoastronomy
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