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"snatch" in British English

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snatchverb [T]

uk   us   /snætʃ/
  • 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 ​bestrace of his ​career, Fletcher snatched (= only just ​won) the ​goldmedal from the ​Canadianchampion. to take something or someone away by ​force: The six-year-old ​girl was snatched from a ​playground and her ​body was ​found two ​dayslater. She had her ​purse snatched (= ​stolen) while she was ​shopping. to do or get something ​quickly because you only have a ​shortamount of ​time: Maybe you'll be ​able to snatch a ​couple of ​hours' ​sleep before ​dinner.

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snatchnoun [C]

uk   us   /snætʃ/
(Definition of snatch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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snatchverb [T]

 us   /snætʃ/
to take ​hold of something ​suddenly and without ​warning: [M] They snatched up ​theircoats and ​hats and ​ranoutside. Somebody snatched her ​purse when she wasn’t ​looking. To snatch something is to do it in the ​shortamount of ​timeavailable: We ​rushed in and snatched the ​bestseats we could get.

snatchnoun [C]

 us   /snætʃ/
a ​briefpart (of something): I could ​hear snatches of ​conversation from the ​people in the ​booth next to ours.
(Definition of snatch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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