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grab

verb uk   us   /ɡræb/ (-bb-)

grab verb (TAKE WITH HAND)

B1 [I or T] to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly: A mugger grabbed her handbag as she was walking across the park. He grabbed (hold of) his child's arm to stop her from running into the road.
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grab verb (TAKE OPPORTUNITY)

B2 [T] informal to take the opportunity to get, use, or enjoy something quickly: If you don't grab this opportunity, you might not get another one. We'd better get there early, or someone else will grab the best seats. Let's just grab a quick bite.grab sb's attention C1 to attract someone's attention: With your first sentence you must grab the reader's attention.
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grab

noun [C] uk   us   /ɡræb/
a sudden attempt to hold, get, or take something: The two children both made a grab for the same cake.
grabby
uk   us   /ˈɡræb.i/ informal
Don't be so grabby (= trying to take things for yourself), Shirley. Let the others have their share.
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