snatch

snatch
snatch1 [ snætʃ ] verb transitive *
1. ) to pull or take something away quickly:
Katherine angrily snatched her hand out of his grasp.
Her brother snatched the letter and tore it open.
a ) to quickly steal something from someone:
Someone snatched my bag on the train.
b ) to quickly take a person away, usually by force:
A newborn baby was snatched from a hospital ward.
2. ) to take the opportunity to do something quickly:
They managed to snatch a few hours' sleep.
I snatched a glance at my watch.
3. ) to manage to get something that you almost did not get:
They snatched victory with a goal in the last minute.
snatch something from someone's grasp
to manage to prevent someone from getting something
snatch
snatch 2 [ snætʃ ] noun count
1. ) a short piece of something that you hear:
snatch of: a few snatches of conversation
a ) a short period of time when you manage to do something such as sleep:
She slept in snatches through the day.
2. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM an act of stealing something or taking someone away by force
3. ) OFFENSIVE an offensive word for a woman's VAGINA (=sex organ)

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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