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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
snatch squad
snatches of conversation
▪ He could hear snatches of conversation from across the room.
▪ It is no good wailing when some one unfamiliar, such as Joel Jutge, snatches away the comfort blanket.
▪ A young boy pushed 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.
▪ Coles tried to snatch a few hours' sleep.
▪ Masked gunmen snatched 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.
▪ Unfortunately, street crimes such as purse snatching are common.
▪ When no one was looking, he snatched a tray of watches and ran out of the shop.
▪ He snatches a loaf from the baker's counter and is promptly run into gaol.
▪ Among snatches of conversation, both of us remember his referring to the underground as being rather like hell.
▪ As it is, most parents take only brief peeks into classrooms and hear snatches of information about curriculum.
▪ I turn the volume low, to stop picking up snatches of conversation from next door.
▪ Many species will, in complete darkness, utter a few snatches of song if disturbed at their roosts.
▪ She remembered it in vivid violent snatches punctuated by haze or darkness.
▪ We started to climb, accompanied by intermittent snatches of bird song: wood warbler, garden warbler and willow warbler.
▪ You know, sitting in a train or walking down the street, little snatches of things.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Snatch \Snatch\, v. i. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at; as, to snatch at a rope.


Snatch \Snatch\, n.

  1. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.

  2. A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.

    They move by fits and snatches.
    --Bp. Wilkins.

  3. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.

    We have often little snatches of sunshine.

    Leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct answer.


Snatch \Snatch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snatched; p. pr. & vb. n. Snatching.] [OE. snachen, snechen; akin to D. snakken to gasp, to long (for), to desire. Cf. Snack, n., Sneck.]

  1. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss.

    When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.

  2. To seize and transport away; to rap. ``Snatch me to heaven.''

    Syn: To twitch; pluck; grab; catch; grasp; gripe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "a trap, snare," from snatch (v.). Meaning "a sudden grab" is from 1570s; that of "a small amount" is from 1590s. Sense in weight-lifting is from 1928. Vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded by 1903, perhaps 1864; a much older venereal sense was "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s).


early 13c., "make a sudden snap or bite" (at something), of uncertain origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *snæccan or Middle Dutch snacken "to snatch, chatter." Compare snack (n.). Meaning "lay hold of suddenly" is from early 14c.; especially "take from someone's hands" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928. Related: Snatched; snatching.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A quick grab or catch. 2 (context weightlifting English) A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement. 3 A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation. 4 (context vulgar slang English) A vulv

  1. v

  2. 1 To grasp quickly. 2 To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch. 3 To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony. 4 To grasp and remove quickly. 5 To steal. 6 (by extension) To take a victory at the last moment. Etymology 2

    n. The handle of a scythe; a snead.

  1. v. to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: snatch up, snap]

  2. to make grasping motions; "the cat snatched at the butterflies"

  3. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped" [syn: kidnap, nobble, abduct]

  1. n. a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation" [syn: bit]

  2. obscene terms for female genitals [syn: cunt, puss, pussy, slit, twat]

  3. (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment [syn: kidnapping]

  4. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion

  5. the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: catch, grab, snap]


Snatch may refer to:

  • Snatch (film), a movie
  • A slang term for the vagina, derogatory
  • Snatch (weightlifting), one of two events in Olympic weight lifting
  • Snatch theft, a type of crime
  • USS Snatch (ARS-27), a ship
  • Snatch Land Rover, a paramilitary vehicle
  • Anagrams, a word game
  • An album by Howie B
Snatch (film)

Snatch (stylised as snatch.) is a 2000 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter ( Jason Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster ( Alan Ford) who is ready and willing to have his subordinates carry out severe and sadistic acts of violence.

The film features an assortment of characters, including Irish Traveller Mickey O'Neil ( Brad Pitt), referred to as a " pikey", arms-dealer Boris "the Blade" Yurinov ( Rade Šerbedžija), professional thief and gambling addict Franky "Four-Fingers" ( Benicio del Toro), American gangster-jeweller Abraham Denovitz known as "Cousin Avi" ( Dennis Farina), and bounty hunter Bullet-Tooth Tony ( Vinnie Jones). It is also distinguished by a kinetic direction and editing style, a circular plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality, and a fast pace.

The film shares themes, ideas and motifs with Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is also filmed in the same visual style and features many of the same actors, including Jones, Statham, and Ford.

Snatch (weightlifting)

The snatch is the first of two lifts contested in the sport of weightlifting (also known as olympic weightlifting) followed by the clean and jerk. The objective of the snatch is to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion. There are four main styles of snatch used: squat snatch (or full snatch), split snatch, power snatch, and muscle snatch. The squat snatch and split snatch are the most common styles used in competition while power snatch and muscle snatch are mostly used for training purposes. In the squat snatch, the lifter lifts the bar as high as possible and pulls themselves under it in a squat position, receiving the bar overhead with the arms straight, decreasing the necessary height of the bar, therefore increasing the amount of weight that the lifter may successfully lift. In the split snatch, the lifter lifts the bar as high as possible and pulls themselves under the bar similar to the squat snatch but in the split snatch the lifter "splits" their legs, placing one foot in front of them and one behind, allowing themselves to receive the bar lower as in the squat snatch. The split snatch has become much less common with the increased popularity of the squat snatch but is occasionally performed by some lifters. In the power snatch, the lifter lifts the barbell as high as possible and receives the bar overhead with only a slight bend in the knee and hip, increasing the height that the bar must be lifted and decreasing the amount of weight that may be successfully lifted. In the muscle snatch, the lifter lifts the bar all the way overhead with arms locked out and the hip and knee fully extended.

Usage examples of "snatch".

For Elaira, withdrawn into worried silence concerning the fate of two fugitives abroad in the Skyshiel wilderness, the affray kept its bittersweet edge of snatched victory.

As it was, she snatched only a few hours of rest that night, and was still asleep when the anatomist turned her to face the laboratory in the morning.

The mortal antipathy had died out of the soul and the blood of Maurice Kirkwood at that supreme moment when he found himself snatched from the grasp of death and cradled in the arms of Euthymia.

Beauty, courtesy, and knowledge, and whatsoever appertaining to goodness a lady can have, has Death, who has destroyed all good in the person of my lady the empress, snatched from us and cheated us of.

She turned to flee, but Harper was in the shallows with the seven barrelled gun at his shoulder and his volley snatched Juanita off her horse in an eruption of blood.

The air was a powerful physical presence, battering at her torso and face, whipping her hair, snatching the breath from her lungs.

But at a peremptory sign from de Batz he, too, turned in the wake of the gay little lady, who ran swiftly up the rickety steps, humming snatches of popular songs the while, and not turning to see if indeed the two men were following her.

To prove his point, he snatched up one of the two dozen comic books bestrewing the counterpane and held it so that his mother might see its garish cover and know herself to be caught and shamed in a lie.

Loud cries, gay laughter, snatches of sweet song, The tinkling fountains set in gardens cool About the pillared palaces, and blent With trickling of the conduits in the squares, The noisy teams within the narrow streets,-- All these the stranger heard and did not hear, While ringing bells pealed out above the town, And calm gray twilight skies stretched over it.

Out of the bottomless profundities the gigantic tail seems spasmodically snatching at the highest heaven.

With one thick, brawny hand, he snatched the guard close until the two men stared nose to nose.

Harry ran to his own tent, snatched up his arms and blanket-roll, saddled and bridled his horse, and well within five minutes was riding by the side of Captain Sherburne.

Harry, rolling from the platform, pounced upon the fellow, snatched away a gun that Bronden tried to draw.

With a quick move, Bronden snatched up a revolver that a Golden Mask had dropped.

The sense of pre existence the confused idea that these occurrences have thus happened to us before which is so often and strongly felt, is explicable partly by the supposition of some sudden and obscure mixture of associations, some discordant stroke on the keys of recollection, jumbling together echoes of bygone scenes, snatches of unremembered dreams, and other hints and colors in a weird and uncommanded manner.