Pronunciation Verb

snatch (snatches, present participle snatching; past and past participle snatched)

  1. (transitive) To grasp and remove quickly.
    He snatched up the phone.
    She snatched the letter out of the secretary's hand.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2
      "How many times have I told you?" she cried, and seized him and snatched his stick away from him.
    • Snatch me to heaven.
  2. (intransitive) To attempt to seize something suddenly.
    to snatch at a rope
  3. (transitive) To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony.
    to snatch a kiss
    • when half our knowledge we must snatch, not take
  4. (transitive, informal) To steal.
    Someone has just snatched my purse!
  5. (transitive, informal, figurative, by extension) To take (a victory) at the last moment.
  6. (transitive, informal) To do something quickly in the limited time available.
    He snatched a sandwich before catching the train.
    He snatched a glimpse of her while her mother had her back turned.
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snatch (plural snatches)

  1. A quick grab or catch.
    The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.
  2. (weightlifting) A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
  3. A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.
    I heard a snatch of Mozart as I passed the open window.
  4. (vulgar slang) The vulva. [from 18th c.]
    • 1962, Douglas Woolf, Wall to Wall,[ ] Grove Press, page 83,
      Claude, is it true what they say about Olovia? Of course she’s getting a little old for us—what about Marilyum, did you try her snatch?
    • 1985, Jackie Collins, Lucky,[ ] Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671524933, page 150,
      Roughly Santino ripped the sheet from the bed, exposing all of her. She had blond hair on her snatch, which drove him crazy. He was partial to blondes.
    • 2008, Jim Craig, North to Disaster,[ ] Bushak Press, ISBN 0961711213, page 178,
      “ […] You want me to ask Brandy to let you paint her naked body with all this gooey stuff to make a mold of her snatch?”
    Synonyms: cunt, twat
  5. (dated) A brief period of exertion.
  6. (dated) A catching of the voice.
  7. (dated) A hasty snack; a bite to eat.
  8. (dated) A quibble.
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