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English definition of “snatch at sth”

snatch at sth

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with snatch   /snætʃ/ us  
to try to take hold of something: A man snatched at my bag, but he didn't get it.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting UK to try to use an opportunity quickly before it disappears: I was desperate to find a way out of teaching so when this job came along I snatched at it.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
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