verb (used with object), nabbed, nab·bing. Informal.
Origin of nab
Examples from the Web for nab
It took British authorities years to nab Altaf Hussain, the infamous Pakistani cult/party leader.Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized?|Bruce Riedel|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is not the first time the site has been willing to dole out big bucks to nab public figures.
I know how hard it is to even try and nab Bill for an interview—going through his lawyer, etc.—so how did you corral him?Sofia Coppola Discusses ‘Lost in Translation’ on Its 10th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There were plenty of armed and uniformed posse members helping out or looking for unauthorized immigrants to nab.Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Send Armed Posses to Protect Schools|Terry Greene Sterling|January 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Police hope to catch the attacker by using the same science that allowed them to nab the suspected ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer.Hunt for L.A.’s ‘Teardrop Rapist’ May Hinge on Familial DNA Testing|Christine Pelisek|June 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One knows these gentlemen the Parisian police: how they cry a wolf and then go out and nab some stray puppy in the street.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Then well not only be able to rescue the young ladies, but the Mexican authorities will nab the plotters.The Blue Grass Seminary Girls on the Water|Carolyn Judson Burnett
But Blent was a crafty old party and did not easily give up the pursuit of the young fellow he had come to the island to nab.Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island|Alice Emerson
The reception of this letter proved an agreeable incident of an otherwise rather dull Sunday evening at Nab Grange.Helena's Path|Anthony Hope
This cad means business, and if he's up to the old game, why, the sooner I nab him the better.King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
verb nabs, nabbing or nabbed (tr) informal
Word Origin for nab
"to catch (someone)," 1680s, probably a variant of dialectal nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1670s, now surviving only in kidnap), which possibly is from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nappe, Swedish nappa "to catch, snatch;" Danish nappe "to pinch, pull"); reinforced by Middle English napand "grasping, greedy." Related: Nabbed; nabbing.