body snatching

  1. the act or practice of robbing a grave to obtain a cadaver for dissection.

Origin of body snatching

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby body snatching Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use body snatching in a sentence

  • Thoughts of body-snatching and bizarre surgery flitted through his mind to be instantly dismissed.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
  • But I was too conscientious to be accessory to the crime of body-snatching, and he had not courage enough to do the foul deed.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • But while the students of the metropolis were active in the body-snatching work, those of Glasgow were following hard behind them.

    The History of Burke and Hare | George Mac Gregor
  • You've come a hell of a long way with those boys of yours down at the Lizzie to worry out some body-snatching.

    The Man in the Twilight | Ridgwell Cullum
  • Those who practised body-snatching were frequently called resurrectionists or resurrection-men.