- to arrest or capture.
- to catch or seize, especially suddenly.
- to snatch or steal.
Origin of nab
Examples from the Web for nabbing
Mad Men and Modern Family came out tops on TV's most glamorous night—with Glee, despite the hype, nabbing just two awards.Newcomers Invade Emmys
August 30, 2010
In just the latest, the embattled governor is being called out for violating state ethics laws by nabbing Yankees tickets gratis.The New Corruption Capital
Samuel P. Jacobs
March 3, 2010
In a world where enough is never enough, nabbing that last career-capping acquisition can kill you.The Merger That Ruined Lewis
October 1, 2009
This den of ours opens on the river's edge, and, two days since, his Indians came within an ace of nabbing me.The Master of Appleby
"Maybe da vos vaiting for a chanct to cotch us nabbing," answered the Dutch soldier.Marching on Niagara
The police are coming and theyll get you, and I can identify you, if they dont succeed in nabbing you red-handed.The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton
Wardon Allan Curtis
One citation for shooting it out with a burglar and another for nabbing a past-post crook at Lefko's horse room.The Syndic
They kept guard and thought they had a sure thing of nabbing the burglars as they emerged with their spoils.Jerry's Reward
Evelyn Snead Barnett
- to arrest
- to catch (someone) in wrongdoing
- to seize suddenly; snatch
Word Origin and History for nabbing
"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.