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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NABBED

Nero must have slipped in, nabbed the fish, and brought it to our house.

He's nabbed three of the Birdsall gang and is away now after Burleigh.

Good Lord, man, you'll get nabbed if you speed up like this within limits.

It is quite on the cards that we should find that the police have nabbed him.

He nabbed the first passer-by and asked him to point out Dr. Fitzhugh.

If we'd nabbed the fellow, we wouldn't have done a thing to him—not a thing!

Think of the rolls of a thousand he nabbed at his duke's death!

You certainly did a good piece of work when you nabbed this fellow.

"I came near gettin' nabbed; that's what's the matter," said Martin.

Things gets too hot for 'em, and they have to move or be nabbed.

WORD ORIGIN

"to catch (someone)," 1680s, probably a variant of dialectal nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1670s, now surviving only in kidnap), which possibly is from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nappe, Swedish nappa "to catch, snatch;" Danish nappe "to pinch, pull"); reinforced by Middle English napand "grasping, greedy." Related: Nabbed; nabbing.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.