grabbing grabbing  /ˈɡræ bɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a mechanical device for gripping an object
  2. (n) the act of catching an object with the hands
  3. (v) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  4. (v) get hold of or seize quickly and easily
  5. (v) make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand
  6. (v) obtain illegally or unscrupulously
  7. (v) take or grasp suddenly
  8. (v) capture the attention or imagination of

Usage(s):

  1. People were grabbing at each other, pushing and shoving.
  2. Each movie has a one-week shot at grabbing the public's attention before another is fired into multiplexes and scatters the competition.
  3. When the Fokker began its steep descent, he began whimpering to Jesus and grabbing my forearm so tight, I felt my palm go cold from lack of circulation.

News

  1. Honda issues apology for short supply of all-electric Fit

    Honda issued a rare apology on Friday to frustrated customers who were having difficulty grabbing one of its 1,100 all-electric Fit EV cars.        
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Two revisions in 24 hours: That’s how bad India’s economic statistics are

    China has been grabbing the headlines of late for the shoddy state of its statistics. It seems India wants its share of the limelight. In a feat unlikely to be matched anytime soon, India corrected its ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Quartz via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive

    Attention-grabbing narrative and corresponding role-plays are the basis of NSTA’s new book for high school classrooms, Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive. After conducting research at a rigorous medical school, your students arrive for their first day of hospital duty only to be confronted with four sick patients, each with a different mystery ailment.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "I obviously did feel it more on that one pitch. Got loose, got heat," said Peavy of his pregame bullpen. "I felt about the same thing I did when I pitched in Kansas City -- felt something grabbing in there. That's pretty normal. I never had...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Jake Peavy Source: MLB.com

  2. "People are disgusted and outraged, as they should be," said Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. "But let's not overreact in a way that basically has the Congress grabbing its pitchforks, and charging up the hill, and abusing what is...
    on Mar 21, 2009 By: Judd Gregg Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "An idiot wouldn't accept that," Tsvangirai told a rally of 15,000 supporters. "That is not power sharing, it is power grabbing."
    on Oct 12, 2008 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source: FOXNews

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