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Snatch, vb. 1) tr. to seize suddenly: “a sceptre --ed with an unruly hand,” John III, 4, 135. “a purse of gold most resolutely --ed,” H4A I, 2, 38. “an honour --ed with boisterous hand,” H4A IV, 5, 192. “s. 'em up, as we take hares behind,” Ant. IV, 7, 13. “you s. some hence for little faults,” Cymb. V, 1, 12. s. them (gifts) “straight away,” Per. III, 1, 24. With out of or from, == to take or tear suddenly from: “from my finger --ed that ring,” Err. V, 276. “to s. words from my tongue,” LLL V, 2, 382. John III, 1, 244. R3 II, 2, 57. Troil. V, 2, 81. Tim. IV, 3, 441. “this youth I --ed one half out of the jaws of death,” Tw. III, 4, 394. Hence == to take away, to rob: “the life of Helen was foully --ed,” All's V, 3, 154.
2) intr. to catch eagerly at something; absol.: “they 'll be --ing,” Lr. I, 4, 169. With at: “briers and thorns at their apparel s.” Mids. III, 2, 29. “and like a dog s. at his master,” John IV, 1, 117. fiends will s. at it (my soul) Oth. V, 2, 275.
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