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
Examples from the Web for grabbed
In an act of corporal punishment that we at the Daily Beast do not condone, Joseph grabbed Him by the ear and “pulled hard.”
The victim, whom The Daily Beast is not naming, asked what Williams wanted and the pastor allegedly “reached in and grabbed him.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was bored, but I grabbed a red Solo cup, filled it with beer, and stayed with my group, chatting with the brothers about Jim.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was slapped, grabbed in the face, placed in stress positions, placed in standing sleep deprivation, and doused with water.
Then they went to the corner opposite where I was and grabbed about four or five individuals and arrested them as well.
The key-note to her character is in this novel she grabbed as she hastily packed her bag—‘The Madness of May.’The Madness of May|Meredith Nicholson
He had grabbed up a club on the way, and as he spoke he advanced threateningly upon Sercomb and his friends.Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews
Michael dashed into the group and grabbed a handful of caps which he tossed into the dusty complications of the Laocon.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
I grabbed my axe, an' made up my mind to die fightin', anyway.Bert Wilson in the Rockies|J. W. Duffield
Abby grabbed up her sunbonnet and ran skipping out of the kitchen.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train
verb grabs, grabbing or grabbed
Word Origin for grab
1777, "thing grabbed;" 1824, "act of grabbing," from grab (v.). Up for grabs attested from 1945 in jive talk.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grab
- grab bag
- how does that grab you
- up for grabs