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[grab-er] /ˈgræb ər/
a person or thing that grabs.
Slang. something attention-getting or sensational.
Origin of grabber
First recorded in 1840-50; grab1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All declared that Sara, with many shortcomings, was neither a poacher nor a grabber.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • I know that kind; we had it in plenty at Deeside, but a 'grabber,' and a 'grabber' of the worst type.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • And you were no grabber yourself, I suppose, till your land and all you had grabbed wore away from you!

  • Twenty or more of the students in that area at the time had important enough connections to class as grabber bait.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Just then an unseen hand made a grab at Young's hat—off it went; and the grabber dodged out of sight in the crowd and darkness.

    The Adventures of a Freshman Jesse Lynch Williams
Slang definitions & phrases for grabber



Anything that seizes and rivets the attention; something that commands immediate admiration; hook: Dance within the regular format is a solid grabber/ He's found a real grabber (1966+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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