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verb [with object]
quickly seize (something) in a rude or eager way:she snatched a cookie from the plate figurativea victory snatched from the jaws of defeat informal steal (something) or kidnap (someone), typically by seizing or grabbing suddenly:a mission to snatch Winston Churchill [no object]
) hastily or ineffectually attempt to seize (something):she snatched at the handle
quickly secure or obtain (something) when a chance presents itself:we snatched a few hours' sleep [no object]
) eagerly take or accept (an offer or opportunity):I snatched at the chance
1an act of snatching or quickly seizing something:a quick snatch of breath a short spell of doing something:brief snatches of sleep a fragment of song or talk:picking up snatches of conversation informal a kidnapping or theft. 2 Weightlifting the rapid raising of a weight from the floor to above the head in one movement. 3 vulgar slang a woman’s genitals.