grab at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theygrab at
he/she/itgrabs at
present participlegrabbing at
past tensegrabbed at
past participlegrabbed at
  1. grab at something to try to take hold of something in a rough or rude way

    Suddenly he was on his feet, grabbing at her sleeve.

See also main entry: grab