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v. snatched, snatch·ing, snatch·es
a. To grasp or seize hastily, eagerly, or suddenly: snatched the dollar from my hand.
b. To steal, especially quickly or with a sudden movement.
c. Informal To kidnap (someone).
2. Sports To raise (a weight) in one quick, uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
3. Informal
a. To obtain or achieve quickly or unexpectantly: snatched an early lead in the game.
b. To get (a small amount of sleep).
To make grasping or seizing motions: snatched at the lamp cord.
a. The act of snatching; a quick grasp or grab.
b. Informal A kidnapping.
2. A brief period of time: "At the end we preferred to travel all night, / Sleeping in snatches" (T.S. Eliot).
3. A small amount; a bit or fragment: a snatch of dialogue.
4. Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised in one uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
5. Vulgar Slang The vulva.

[Middle English snacchen.]

snatch′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snatcher - a thief who grabs and runs; "a purse snatcher"
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
2.snatcher - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)snatcher - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
captor, capturer - a person who captures and holds people or animals
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
crimper, crimp - someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
seizer, shanghaier - a kidnapper who drugs men and takes them for compulsory service aboard a ship


n (esp Brit) → Handtaschenräuber(in) m(f); (esp US) → Kidnapper(in) m(f)
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