Complaints of illness, snatching $2,000 from dad, a quick trip to Denver airport—and the three were apparently Syria-bound.
snatching the president away from the Washington press corps at a particularly sensitive moment was a quintessential Frost move.
Brooks: [snatching up the receiver as the phone rings] This is Mel Brooks.
As for the Little Tramp himself, his corpse was reburied in a concrete grave to prevent future snatching.
But in the next instant, Peters is stepping back to the table and snatching up the knife.
The more aggressive followed close after the rick, snatching mouthfuls of the hay as it fell.
snatching from his pocket a roll of notes, Hilary flung them on the bed.
snatching up the reins and mounting, he dug Pat viciously with his huge rowels.
"I say I did," shouted the angry Ixtlil', snatching at the gleaming quills.
Then, snatching up such clothes as they could grab, the two fled to us.
early 13c., "make a sudden snap or bite" (at something), of uncertain origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *snæccan or Middle Dutch snacken "to snatch, chatter." Cf. snack (n.). Meaning "lay hold of suddenly" is from early 14c.; especially "take from someone's hands" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928. Related: Snatched; snatching.
c.1300, "a trap, snare," from snatch (v.). Meaning "a sudden grab" is from 1570s; that of "a small amount" is from 1590s. Sense in weight-lifting is from 1928. Vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; a much older venereal sense was "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s).