verb (used with object), grabbed, grab·bing.
- to cause a reaction in; affect: How does my idea grab you?
- to arouse the interest or excitement of: The book was O.K., but it just didn't grab me.
verb (used without object), grabbed, grab·bing.
Origin of grab1
Origin of grab2
Examples from the Web for grab
The officers approached Garner and tried to grab hold of him, but he swatted their hands away.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Johnson would tell the grand jury that he never saw Brown stick his hand inside the car and grab the gun.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With every grab, the idea that law and politics are separate becomes harder for anyone to believe.
What one side tries to take off the table, to turn from “politics” into “law,” the other side is always trying to grab back.
It is unclear if Kerry will be able to grab a bottle or two from the cubby the next time he passes through Moldova.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs|Ben Jacobs|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The man on the grab replied that she lay outside, a dozen boat lengths.In Clive's Command|Herbert Strang
Uncle Wiggily looked up, and there was a big snake, just going to grab him.Uncle Wiggily's Adventures|Howard R. Garis
And the harder you want 'em the quicker you are on the grab.Torchy, Private Sec.|Sewell Ford
But now it had come so near, that it almost seemed as though, with one bound he could grab it.Six Little Ducklings|Katharine Pyle
Not that it didn't make me grab for hand-holds for a minute or two, mind you.The City of Numbered Days|Francis Lynde
verb grabs, grabbing or grabbed
Word Origin for grab
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grab
- grab bag
- how does that grab you
- up for grabs