verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of snatch
Examples from the Web for snatch
In another change since his transit days, crooks now snatch cellphones, not gold chains.
It is easy for an unscrupulous individual to pose as an underground banker, snatch up several large deposits, then cut and run.
The company reported $2.4 billion in annual sales and could snatch a valuation as high as $5 billion.Kanye West Is a Modern Michelangelo; Pippa Middleton Jokes About Her Bridesmaid Dress|The Fashion Beast Team|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Police believe that their rigorous schedule actually gave the alleged abductors a safe window in which to snatch the child.
Scar-Jo, who also received the title in 2006, is the only woman to ever snatch it twice.Scarlett Johansson Named "Sexiest Woman Alive;" Kate Moss to Revive Collaboration With Topshop|The Fashion Beast Team|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She thought Alice a bit of a sneak, an opinion her brothers shared, and Gwen rather a snatch at meals.Ann Veronica|H. G. Wells
Esther heard her moving about, opening and shutting boxes and singing a snatch of song all the time.The Phantom Lover|Ruby M. Ayres
She looked at it as though ready to snatch it from his hand.A Maker of History|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Snatch from their enemies the descendants of my sister, from the artisan up to the king's son.The Wandering Jew, Complete|Eugene Sue
But France, from various motives, did not shew herself disposed to snatch Canada from the English.
Word Origin for snatch
early 13c., "make a sudden snap or bite" (at something), of uncertain origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *snæccan or Middle Dutch snacken "to snatch, chatter." Cf. snack (n.). Meaning "lay hold of suddenly" is from early 14c.; especially "take from someone's hands" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928. Related: Snatched; snatching.
c.1300, "a trap, snare," from snatch (v.). Meaning "a sudden grab" is from 1570s; that of "a small amount" is from 1590s. Sense in weight-lifting is from 1928. Vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; a much older venereal sense was "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s).