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tr.v. nabbed, nab·bing, nabs Informal
1. To seize (a fugitive or wrongdoer); arrest.
2. To grab; snatch.
[Perhaps variant of dialectal nap, to seize, probably of Scandinavian origin.]
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vb (tr) , nabs, nabbing or nabbed
1. to arrest
2. to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
3. to seize suddenly; snatch
[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish nappe, Swedish nappa to snatch. See kidnap]
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v.t. nabbed, nab•bing. Informal.
1. to arrest or capture.
2. to catch or seize suddenly.
3. to snatch or steal.
[1675–85; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Dan nappe, Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch]
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Past participle: nabbed
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|Verb||1.||nab - tag the base runner to get him out |
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
tag - touch a player while he is holding the ball
|2.||nab - take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"|
|3.||nab - seize suddenly|
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verb catch, arrest, apprehend, seize, lift (slang), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), grab, capture, nail (informal), collar (informal), snatch, catch in the act, feel your collar (slang) He killed 12 people before the authorities nabbed him.
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1. Informal. To take into custody as a prisoner:
Informal: pick up.
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nab[næb] VT (= grab) [+ thing] → agarrar; [+ person] → pillar; (= arrest) → pescar, coger, agarrar (LAm); (= steal) → robar, mangar (Sp)
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nab(nӕb) – past tense, past participle nabbed – verb
to take, catch or get hold of. The police nabbed the thief. vang يَقْبِضُ على пипвам agarrar chytit, sebrat, načapat schnappen snuppe συλλαμβάνωpillar kinni nabima دستگیر کردن napata attraper לִתפוֹס एकाएक पकड़ लेना uhititi, uhvatiti elcsíp menangkap góma, grípa prendere, acciuffare 逮捕する 붙잡다 sučiupti, sugauti notvert; pieķert mencekup vangenfakke, knipechwycić, capnąć نيول ، دستگيرول agarrar a aresta схватить chytiť prijeti uhvatiti hugga [åt sig], norpa, haffa จับ enselemek, yakalamak 抓住, 逮捕 ловити, спіймати دبوچنا tóm cổ 抓住，逮捕
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