From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsnatchsnatch1 /snætʃ/ ●○○ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1TAKE something FROM somebodyto take something away from someone with a quick, often violent, movement syn grab 🔊 The thief snatched her purse and ran.snatch something away/back from somebody 🔊 Keith snatches toys away from the other children.2TAKE something FROM SOMEWHEREto take someone away from a person or place, especially by force 🔊 Vargas was snatched from his home by two armed men.3DO something/TAKE ACTIONto quickly get something, especially sleep or rest, because you do not have very much time syn grab 🔊 I managed to snatch an hour’s sleep on the train. →snatch at something→ See Verb table
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snatch• Coles tried to snatch a few hours' sleep.• He snatches a loaf from the baker's counter and is promptly run into gaol.• When no one was looking, he snatched a tray of watches and ran out of the shop.• Unfortunately, streetcrimes such as pursesnatching are common.• A young boypushed her over and snatched her purse as she fell.• Before I could say a word, he'd snatched the keys from the table and run out of the room.• Maskedgunmensnatched two members of the group from their hotel.• Someone's going to snatch your purse if you leave it sticking out of your bag like that.snatch something away/back from somebody• Startled, the man snatches his arm away from me.snatchsnatch2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 →a snatch of conversation/music/song etc2 →in snatches3TAKE something FROM SOMEWHEREwhen someone quickly takes or steals something 🔊 reports of a bag snatch4taboo informal a very offensive word for a woman’s sexorgan. Do not use this word.