Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To grasp or seize hastily, eagerly, or suddenly.
  • transitive v. Sports To raise (a weight) in one quick, uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
  • transitive v. To grasp or seize illicitly.
  • intransitive v. To make grasping or seizing motions: snatched at the lamp cord.
  • n. The act of snatching; a quick grasp or grab.
  • n. A brief period of time: "At the end we preferred to travel all night,/Sleeping in snatches” ( T.S. Eliot).
  • n. A small amount; a bit or fragment: a snatch of dialogue.
  • n. Slang A kidnapping.
  • n. Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised in one uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
  • n. Vulgar Slang The vulva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grasp quickly.
  • v. To grasp and remove quickly.
  • v. To steal.
  • v. To take a victory at the last moment.
  • v. To do something quickly due to limited time available.
  • n. A quick grab or catch.
  • n. A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
  • n. A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.
  • n. A vulva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony.
  • transitive v. To seize and transport away; to rap.
  • intransitive v. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at.
  • n. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
  • n. A short period of vigorous action.
  • n. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To seize or take hastily, eagerly, abruptly, or violently.
  • Hence, figuratively To get or save by sudden or violent effort, or by good fortune.
  • To seize or transport away quickly or forcibly.
  • Nautical, to place the bight of (a rope) in a snatch-block so that it may lead properly.
  • To seize, or attempt to seize, a thing suddenly: generally with at.
  • See the quotation.
  • n. A hasty catch or seizing.
  • n. An attempt to seize suddenly; a sharp attack.
  • n. A catching of the voice; impeded utterance.
  • n. A piece snatched or broken off; a small piece or quantity; a fragment; a bit.
  • n. A short fit of vigorous action: as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.
  • n. A hasty repast; a snack; a bit of food.
  • n. A quibble; a shuffiing answer.
  • n. An open lead for a block. See snatch-block.

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

  • v. to grasp hastily or eagerly
  • n. the act of catching an object with the hands
  • n. obscene terms for female genitals
  • n. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
  • v. to make grasping motions
  • v. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
  • n. (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
  • n. a small fragment

Etymologies

Middle English snacchen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • SNOW: General Clark, I was reading about what they call snatch and grab teams that are apparently in that area in Tora Bora now.

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  • NEW ORLEANS — Republican U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao has lost the election in his New Orleans-area district, a rare seat that Democrats were able to snatch from the GOP.

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  • Of course, one would have to be incredibly naive to think that Palin, at best a befuddled Republican poster child and at worst another establishment neocon, would follow through on her support and back a new 9/11 investigation should John McCain snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and take the White House.

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  • Leave it to the Democrats to once again snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

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  • She is the U.S. record holder in snatch, clean and jerk and total weight lifted.

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  • The snatch is basically pull the bar over your head and stand up.

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  • And as he whirled and staggered, up the hill came the wedding-party as tipsy as he was: a motley procession, waving torches and garlands, winecups, flagons, colored napkins, shouting and singing and beating on trenchers and salvers – on anything that they could snatch from the table as they quitted it.

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  • And as he whirled and staggered, up the hill came the wedding-party as tipsy as he was: a motley procession, waving torches and garlands, wine-cups, flagons, coloured napkins, shouting and singing and beating on trenchers and salvers – on anything that they could snatch from the table as they quitted it.

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  • But, indeed, the British showed little ability, throughout the subsequent course of the war, to snatch from the Americans the fruits of the victory at Put-in-Bay.

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