verb (used with object), nabbed, nab·bing. Informal.
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.
In just the latest, the embattled governor is being called out for violating state ethics laws by nabbing Yankees tickets gratis.
In a world where enough is never enough, nabbing that last career-capping acquisition can kill you.
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|Francis Lynde
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
But if you could put us in the way of nabbing that pair of escaped rogues, you'd be doing a great thing.The Boy Scouts Under Fire in Mexico|Lieut. Howard Payson
"Now we must set about nabbing our rascal," said Delourmel, who had long moustaches and great eyes that rolled in his head.The Gods are Athirst|Anatole France
Like our common red-head, this bird has the habit of soaring out into the air and nabbing insects on the wing.Birds of the Rockies|Leander Sylvester Keyser
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.