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nab

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/ næb /
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verb (used with object), nabbed, nab·bing.Informal.

to arrest or capture.
to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
to snatch or steal.

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Origin of nab

1675–85; earlier nap; perhaps <Scandinavian; compare Danish nappe,Norwegian, Swedish nappa to snatch

OTHER WORDS FROM nab

nabber, noun

Definition for nab (2 of 2)

NAB

Also N.A.B. National Association of Broadcasters.
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British Dictionary definitions for nab

nab
/ (næb) /

verb nabs, nabbing or nabbed (tr) informal

to arrest
to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
to seize suddenly; snatch

Word Origin for nab

C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish nappe, Swedish nappa to snatch. See kidnap
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