One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Doreen grabbed his arm, swinging him round’
seize, grasp, snatch, seize hold of, grab hold of, take hold of, catch hold of, lay hold of, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, take a grip of, fasten round, grapple, grip, clasp, clutch
catch at, take, pluck
2‘Clint Eastwood grabbed a fistful of awards last night’
obtain, acquire, come by, carry off, come to have, get, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
buy, purchase, procure, possess oneself of, secure, snap up
gather, collect, pick up, appropriate, amass, build up, hook, net, land
get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's mitts on, get hold of, bag, score, swing, nab, collar, pull down, cop
1‘she made a grab for his gun’
lunge for, attempt to grab
‘dozens of prizes are up for grabs’
available, obtainable, to be had, there for the taking
up for sale, on the market, waiting to be bought
yours for the asking, on tap, gettable
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