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I made a grab at the gunwale, and caught it in the stern-sheets.

Bart braced his feet apart and stood ready to grab the beast.

She'll keep stayin' out o' nights till th' fox 'll grab 'er.

"Pilot, you will be responsible for this if my prisoners escape," said Mr. Grab menacingly.

I urged him to grab the other side of the keg several times.

Then he gave a spring, and made a grab for some one or something.

Tremont tried to grab at the edge of the air lock, but it was gone.

He shot into the air, and another of the men made a grab for him.

There's even money on Jeremiah for a place; shall I grab it?

"I'll have to go up over the side and grab him," he planned.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German grabben "to grab," from Proto-Germanic *grab (cf. Old English græppian "to seize," Old Saxon garva, Old High German garba "sheaf," literally "that which is gathered up together"), from PIE *ghrebh- "to seize, reach" (cf. Sanskrit grbhnati "seizes," Old Persian grab- "seize" as possession or prisoner, Old Church Slavonic grabiti "to seize, rob," Lithuanian grebiu "to rake"). Sense of "to get by unscrupulous methods" reinforced by grab game, a kind of swindle, attested from 1846. Related: Grabbed; grabbing.

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