Finally he grabs that blanket [and] I counted eight on one double mattress, eight children held together—dying of fright.
Truth, truthiness, in this mass media cacophony we live in, comes up something for grabs.
The Keystone State might be a little more up for grabs than Democrats would like to think.
Florida last month had 50 in its winner-take-all contest, and 437 are up for grabs on “Super Tuesday” on March 6.
The potential is huge, with over 100 million football-watching eyeballs up for grabs.
At this moment four grabs were seen beating out of the harbor.
I grabs up a gun—his own gun it was—an' sends him a long far'well.
In a minute, there in the dark by the gate, Jean Pahusca grabs me round me dainty waist.
A great, rich, busy nation cannot stop to see who grabs its pennies.
I wus skeerd nigh ter death, so when he grabs me I throw up my han's an' in a minute he falls.
1580s, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben "to grab," from Proto-Germanic *grab (cf. Old English græppian "to seize," Old Saxon garva, Old High German garba "sheaf," literally "that which is gathered up together"), from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (cf. Sanskrit grbhnati "seizes," Old Persian grab- "seize" as possession or prisoner, Old Church Slavonic grabiti "to seize, rob," Lithuanian grebiu "to rake"). Sense of "to get by unscrupulous methods" reinforced by grab game, a kind of swindle, attested from 1846. Related: Grabbed; grabbing.
1777, "thing grabbed;" 1824, "act of grabbing," from grab (v.). Up for grabs attested from 1945 in jive talk.