from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A method of swindling or theft, consisting in snatching anything exposed, as the stakes in gambling, or a purse, and making off with it.
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He was dealing with a bold, daring, unscrupulous man, who, in the language of his acquaintances, always practiced the grab-game.
The moment the pudding is cooked a bell is rung, and the pilgrims are allowed to help themselves in a grab-game which was never surpassed.
Folks that have come down in the world as she has, rarely play grab-game after that fashion. "