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Topic: POLICE

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Perhaps from nap 'to seize' (17-19 centuries), from a Scandinavian language

nab

verb
     
nab past tense and past participle nabbed, present participle nabbing [transitive] informal
1SCP to catch or arrest someone who is doing something wrong:
The police nabbed him for speeding.
2 to get something or someone quickly, especially before anyone else can get them:
See if you can nab a seat.
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