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verb [transitive] snatch pronunciation in British English /snætʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesnatching
past tensesnatched
past participlesnatched
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  1. 1
    to pull or take something away quickly
    Her brother snatched the letter and tore it open.
    Katherine angrily snatched her hand out of his grasp.
    1. a.
      to quickly steal something from someone
      Someone snatched my bag on the train.
    2. b.
      to quickly take a person away, usually by force
      A newborn baby was snatched from a hospital ward.
  2. 2
    to quickly take the opportunity to do something
    They managed to snatch a few hours’ sleep.
    I snatched a glance at my watch.
  3. 3
    to manage to get something that you almost did not get
    They snatched victory with a goal in the last minute.



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