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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.
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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
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n (esp Brit) → Handtaschenräuber(in) m(f); (esp US) → Kidnapper(in) m(f)
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But Crumb- snatcher was fighting to avenge his dead comrades, and hit Leeky before he reached the land; and he fell forward at the blow and his soul went down to Hades.
LAHORE -- The CIA Sadar division have arrested seven members of two motorcycle snatcher gangs and recovered 18 motorcycles, prize bonds and other valuables worth Rs 7,200,000 from their possession.
'I have stopped my car at the traffic signal where an armed snatcher approached my car and opened the door without any fear and deprived me of my cellphone, cash, credit cards and wallet on gunpoint,' he added.
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According to Bernaldez, the boy was not a student but a snatcher, contrary to earlier reports.
QUETTA -- A 22-year old boy was shot dead by car snatcher in Kirani road on Monday when he resisted a robbery bid.
She has been dubbed "May the Milk Snatcher" for failing to cover a shortfall of the School Milk Subsidy Scheme for when the UK leaves the European Union.
The police have arrested a notorious bike snatcher, Zafar Babar alias Babri, and have recovered five stolen bikes on information provided by him.
GHOTKI -- The Ghotki Police led by SHO Abdul Majeed Arain conducted a raid in the jurisdiction of the A-Section Police Station and after meeting with an encounter managed to arrest a motorcycle snatcher Aijaz Mirani in injured condition.
An alleged snatcher was cornered and beaten up by bystanders after trying to escape from a jeepney along Taft Avenue corner Pedro Gil in Manila on Wednesday night.
PESHAWAR: A video of an alleged mobile snatcher went viral in which the local police tortured him in Peshawar.