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verb [transitive] informal     nab pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlenabbing
past tensenabbed
past participlenabbed
  1. 1
    to catch or arrest someone who has done something wrong or illegal

    Police nabbed him for driving without a license.

  2. 2
    to quickly take something, or to take some advantage

    In the second half they nabbed the lead.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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