1grasp or seize suddenly and roughly:she grabbed him by the shirt collarshe grabbed her keys and rushed out
[no object] (grab at/for) make a sudden snatch at:he grabbed at the handle, missed, and nearly fell
informal obtain or get (something) quickly or opportunistically, sometimes unscrupulously:I’ll grab another drink while there’s still timesomeone’s grabbed my seat
[no object] (of a brake on a vehicle) grip the wheel harshly or jerkily:the brakes grabbed very badly
2 [usually with negative or in questions] informal attract the attention of; make an impression on:how does that grab you?
1 [in singular] a quick, sudden clutch or attempt to seize:he made a grab at the pistol
an act of obtaining something opportunistically or unscrupulously:they used the law to effect a land grab
2a mechanical device for clutching, lifting, and moving things, especially materials in bulk.
[as modifier] denoting a bar or strap for people to hold on to for support or in a moving vehicle:for elderly people, grab rails at strategic places are likely to prevent accidents
3 [usually with modifier] Computing a frame of video or television footage, digitized and stored as a still image in a computer memory for subsequent display, printing, or editing:a screen grab from Wednesday’s program
up for grabs
informal available; obtainable:great prizes up for grabs
late 16th century: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch grabben; perhaps related to grip, gripe, and grope