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snatch

verb [T] uk   /snætʃ/ us  

snatch verb [T] (TAKE QUICKLY)

C2 to take hold of something suddenly and roughly: He snatched the photos out of my hand before I had a chance to look at them. figurative Running the best race of his career, Fletcher snatched (= only just won) the gold medal from the Canadian champion. to take something or someone away by force: The six-year-old girl was snatched from a playground and her body was found two days later. She had her purse snatched (= stolen) while she was in town. to do or get something quickly because you only have a short amount of time: Perhaps you'll be able to snatch a couple of hours' sleep before dinner.
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snatch

noun [C] uk   /snætʃ/ us  

snatch noun [C] (TAKE QUICKLY)

the action of trying to take something quickly and forcefully: I felt someone behind me make a snatch at my bag.

snatch noun [C] (SHORT PART)

a short part of something: I tried to hear what they were saying, but I only managed to catch a few snatches of conversation.

snatch noun [C] (SEX ORGAN)

offensive for the vagina
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