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 grabs
At this point, the female rapper comes across as fairly sympathetic—that is, until Azealia Banks grabs the mic.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year|Amy Zimmerman|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Growing rapidly as a community and up for grabs, Asian Americans are deciding elections around the country.Asian Americans Are The Country’s Fastest Growing Swing Vote|Tim Mak|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At that age you can fashion yourself: everything is up for grabs.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, when you Google “Brian Lederman” the first result describes him as someone who “grabs a lot of asses.”Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve|Samantha Allen|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I think the evangelical vote is up for grabs,” Biundo, the former Santorum aide now working for Paul, told me.
She grabs Mary's arm and pushes her towards, the door to the hall.The Straw|Eugene O'Neill
I grabs up a gun—his own gun it was—an' sends him a long far'well.Burl|Morrison Heady
He races back and starts to holler, “Stop it Mel,” and grabs her collar.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection|Daniel Errico
He then begins working his paw through the opening, and when he has reached the cornmeal, seeds and other bait he grabs a handful.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
But she steadily drew ahead, and ere long it was seen that the four grabs were being hopelessly outpaced.In Clive's Command|Herbert Strang
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