snatcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snatcher someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
    • n snatcher a thief who grabs and runs "a purse snatcher"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snatcher One who snatches, or takes abruptly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snatcher One who snatches, or takes suddenly or guiltily: as, a body-snatcher; specifically, formerly, in Scotland, a roving thief, especially one of a body of plunderers hanging upon a military force.
    • n snatcher plural In ornithology, specifically, birds of prey; the Raptores, See cuts under Raptores.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Snatcher one who snatches
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. snacchen; cog. with Dut. snakken, Prov. Eng. sneck, a bolt; also conn. with snap.

Usage

In literature:

The Snatcher had been an orphan these many years.
"The Toys of Peace" by Saki
Dry Valley kept indoors closely for a week except for frequent sallies after youthful strawberry snatchers.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
Always you will have us, the Snatchers, beside you when you would still your ache of hunger.
"The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles" by Padraic Colum
But I do not see myself as a 'brand-snatcher' Besides, I am not ALTOGETHER at liberty.
"Peg O' My Heart" by J. Hartley Manners
If I don't love you for your own sake, I'm the wretchedest turnip-snatcher in London.
"Demos" by George Gissing
Bones, Snatcher, Victor and Snippets were all useful ponies.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
He wouldn't do nothing to save Snatcher, miss.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
Most notorious book-snatcher in all London, and the most barefaced.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
He must plead with Reginald himself, confront at all risks that snatcher of souls.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
I was just ribbing the bat-snatcher here.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
He said the snatcher was smarter than Auntie and he hoped it would teach her a lesson.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
I'm not normally a first-name-snatcher, but I do seem to have fallen into saying 'Milt.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
It is that of Berth-Snatcher.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 2nd, 1914" by Various
I am the Toad, the motor-car snatcher, the prison-breaker, the Toad who always escapes!
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
If all the dog snatchers in Montreal had worked night and day for a year, they couldn't have caught so many dogs.
"The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys" by Richard Harding Davis
Now line up there in a row, you baby snatchers!
"Boy Scouts on the Great Divide" by Archibald Lee Fletcher
Khatafin (snatchers) in Omdurman, 286-8.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
But seeing that I am no vulgar fee-snatcher he would ask me to stay and dine.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Am I some kind of a bribe-snatcher?
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The Sahara lady-snatcher's garments rang with the odor of it.
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville
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In news:

Suspected Wegmans purse snatcher 'Caught on Tape'.
Richlands police seeking purse snatcher .
Granny Defeats Purse Snatcher .
A woman chased down an alleged purse- snatcher until he dropped her property, police said.
Purse Snatcher Attacks at Daycare Center.
Woman Dragged on the Ground by Purse- Snatcher .
Video Released of Suspected Purse Snatcher .
Convicted purse- snatcher nabbed after trying theft again.
The woman believed to be a purse snatcher was photographed at an ATM.
Alleged purse snatcher hits pedestrian.
Attempted baby snatcher caught on video.
Needs your help catching purse snatcher .
Police in Seymour said two men answered a woman's call for help and stopped a purse snatcher Sunday night.
A purse snatcher was caught Sunday, Nov 25 after robbing a London woman who was loading her groceries in her car.
Purse- snatcher tackled outside Bellingham 7-Eleven.
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