Definitions

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  • n. one who snatches, or steals by snatching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who snatches, or takes abruptly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who snatches, or takes suddenly or guiltily: as, a body-snatcher; specifically, formerly, in Scotland, a roving thief, especially one of a body of plunderers hanging upon a military force.
  • n. plural In ornithology, specifically, birds of prey; the Raptores, See cuts under Raptores.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thief who grabs and runs
  • n. someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • And if it weren't for the fact that the snatcher was a fellow South Carolinian, the Secretary of Education, I don't know I'd be wild about this.

    Press Briefing By Mike Mccurry

  • The blood-red rosette of Nero entitled the snatcher of it to one hundred francs.

    In Troubadour-Land A Ramble in Provence and Languedoc

  • I heard this among the men of the city horse-cars, where the conductor is often call'd a "snatcher" (i.e. because his characteristic duty is to constantly pull or snatch the bell-strap, to stop or go on.)

    November Boughs ; from Complete Poetry and Collected Prose

  • Posted on January 23, 2009 by archiearchive FCD In Greek mythology, the Harpy was a death spirit, a "snatcher".

    Ærchies Archive - The Curmudgeon's Magazine

  • I am so right there with you on this whole invation of the body snatcher age.

    composite - French Word-A-Day

  • "Cradle-snatcher," was the final sting that sent the angry blood into Saxon's cheeks as the two girls moved away, unaware that they had been overheard.

    CHAPTER VII

  • (The new trainee detective in a Paris district has, upon his first day on duty, captured a purse snatcher in the act, apprehended him and brought the purse snatcher and his female victim to the police station to press charges against the fiend)

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  • TRAINEE: Look, boss, I have captured this purse snatcher in the act, recovered the purse and present this criminal for appropriate disposition.

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  • Maybe these numbers simply reflect the varying allure of the overall packages – despite all his detractors, Young will be relieved that he's seemingly more appealing to the public than convicted body-snatcher William Burke.

    3D boosts flagging Saw series with biggest-ever opening

  • Other camera-as-crime-fighter examples:•After a 21-year-old college student in Tempe, Ariz., was dragged to her death when a drive-by purse snatcher caught the student's hands in the purse strings, police traced the car through red-light camera footage.

    Traffic cameras have new prey: Criminals

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