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English definition of “snatch”

snatch

verb [T] (TAKE QUICKLY)    /snætʃ/
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 .Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting 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 .Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting 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 .Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
(Definition of snatch verb (TAKE QUICKLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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