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s nach

  • n  a small fragment
    overheard snatches of their conversation
  • n  obscene terms for female genitals
  • n  (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
  • n  a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
  • n  the act of catching an object with the hands
    Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away
  • v  to grasp hastily or eagerly
    Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone
  • v  to make grasping motions
    the cat snatched at the butterflies
  • v  take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

  • You know it when you shrink from the sight of a kitchen knife, worried that you'll inexplicably snatch it up and hurt yourself or a family member.
  • Pausing to snatch a paisley dress from the rack, the shopper ran, screaming, for the exit.
  • Hungry monkeys attack people and snatch food when they can.
News & Articles

  • Stay alert to protect smartphone from thieves
    Q: My friend recently had a thief walk up and snatch her smartphone - in public. How can people avoid this in the future?
    June 16, 2013 - Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
  • Brockton purse snatch victim fights back; one arrested
    A victim of a purse-snatching in Brockton fought back and held her attacker long enough for police to arrive and arrest him, according to police report.  
    June 14, 2013 - The Brockton Enterprise
  • Don’t wait for asylum – snatch him now!
    The race is on to find Edward Snowden, the runaway former consultant to the National Security Agency. When we find him, we could just snatch him from his new hideout and bring him home for trial.Snowden vanished from his hotel room in Hong Kong after giving an interview in...
    June 12, 2013 - New York Post
Quotes

  • Barack Obama in ABC News
    Don't underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,Obama said. "Don't underestimate our ability to screw it up." "I want everybody running scared. Over the next 18 days, other than your family...
  • John McCain in San Francisco Chronicle
    McCain accused Obama of seeking to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" in Iraq.
  • Binyamin Ben-Eliezer in Journal of Turkish Weekly
    The moment someone tries to snatch your weapon, to steal your weapons, that's where you begin to lose control,the Israeli Trade Minister, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said, quoted by Reuters.

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