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snatch·ing

 (snăch′ĭng)
n.
1. Theft or larceny: body snatching; purse snatching.
2. An act of such theft or larceny.
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There are some human owls who reason as they did, and who are, in this respect--as also in respect of snatching smaller birds off their roosts--wonderfully like them.
Alexey Alexandrovitch flew into a rage, and, snatching his hand from her, he went out of the room without a word.
and snatching Perth's levelled iron from the crotch, Ahab held it out, exclaiming -- Look ye, Nantucketer; here in this hand I hold his death
The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron.
One idle evening last winter, confident that he would be found in the snuggest corner of the bar-room, I resolved to pay him another visit, hoping to deserve well of my country by snatching from oblivion some else unheard-of fact of history.
Snatching up his long-sword, I sprang into the arena.
A WORRYING new trend of moped riders mounting pavements and snatching mobile phones from people's hands has spread to Salford.
JAMSHORO/ HYDERABAD -- Jamshoro police on Saturday busted a gang of three criminals, involved in kidnapping for ransom, robberies and snatching vehicles from different parts of Sindh.
According to details, 26 year old Junaid Mustafa was killed by unidentified persons after snatching his vehicle on gun point in G-13, Islamabad on February 22, after which Islamabad police claimed to arrest the alleged murderer and recovered the snatched vehicle.
Police said Khanewal police had informed them that the car snatcher was traveling towards Toba Tek Singh via Abdul Hakeem after snatching the car.
Earlier, the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) had complied figures of street crime, which showed that the incidents of theft and snatching of mobiles and motorbikes increased in the current year, questioning the effectiveness of security forces' operations and crackdowns to rein in street crime.
At least 11,225 incidents of crime against property including dacoity, robbery, burglary, car-theft/car snatching, bike-lifting/snatching and other vehicle lifting/snatching were registered in the provincial metropolis, according to data of registered FIRs till December 10.