|Origin:||Perhaps from Middle Dutch snacken; SNACK2|
to take something away from someone with a quick, often violent, movement [= grab]:
The thief snatched her purse and ran.
snatch something away/back from somebody
Keith snatches toys away from the other children.
to take someone away from a person or place, especially by force:
Vargas was snatched from his home by two armed men.
to quickly get something, especially sleep or rest, because you do not have very much time [= grab]:
I managed to snatch an hour's sleep on the train.
snatch at somethingphrasal verb
Jessie snatched at the bag but I pulled it away.