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verb (nabs, nabbing, nabbed)

[with object] informal
1Catch (someone) doing something wrong: the Feds nabbed a suspected terrorist
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  • Why announce his arrest to the world before actually nabbing him?
  • That is why when Delhi Police nabbed him on June 9 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act, fellow journalists were amazed.
  • He was nabbed by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit in December 1998 when he was caught sneaking into the country and jailed for a year.
1.1Take, grab, or steal (something): Dan nabbed the seat next to mine
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  • He reached into the trunk of the taxi and grabbed his suitcase, nabbing the bottle.
  • Tucker lifted his fork and nabbed a piece from Merissa.
  • Nonetheless, he was openly delighted at nabbing the final seat in the ward.


Late 17th century (also as napp; compare with kidnap): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with nab

blab, cab, confab, crab, Crabbe, dab, drab, fab, flab, gab, grab, jab, kebab, lab, scab, slab, smash-and-grab, stab, tab
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NAB 2 Syllabification: NAB

Entry from US English dictionary


1National Association of Broadcasters.
2New American Bible.
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