Snatch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snatched p. pr. & vb. n. Snatching.]
1. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss.
When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take. --Pope.
2. To seize and transport away; to rap. “Snatch me to heaven.”
Syn: -- To twitch; pluck; grab; catch; grasp; gripe.
Snatch, v. i. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at; as, to snatch at a rope.
1. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
2. A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.
They move by fits and snatches. --Bp. Wilkins.
3. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.
We have often little snatches of sunshine. --Spectator.
Leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct answer. --Shak.
n 1: a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"
2: obscene terms for female genitals [syn: cunt, puss, pussy,
3: (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a
person against their will and holding them in false
imprisonment [syn: kidnapping]
4: a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one
5: the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the
catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the
ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle
failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap
and throw was a single motion" [syn: catch, grab, snap]
v 1: to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the
dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: snatch up, snap]
2: to make grasping motions; "the cat snatched at the
3: take away to an undisclosed location against their will and
usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's
son was kidnapped" [syn: kidnap, nobble, abduct]