Synonyms of snatch in English:


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1‘she snatched the last sandwich from the plate’


grab, seize, seize hold of, grab hold of, take hold of, lay hold of, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, take, pluck

take a grip of, grip, grasp, clutch

2‘someone snatched my handbag on a bus’


steal, thieve, rob, take, pilfer, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry off

embezzle, misappropriate

walk away with, walk off with, run away with, run off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch

British pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone

North American heist, glom

Australian snavel

West Indian tief

archaic crib, hook

3‘she posed as a childminder and snatched Julie from her home’


abduct, kidnap, carry off, seize, capture, run away with, run off with, make off with, spirit away, hold hostage, hold to ransom, hijack

shanghai, nobble

archaic ravish, rape

4‘Fogdoe skied a brilliant second run to snatch victory in the men's slalom’


achieve, secure, obtain, seize, pluck, wrest, scrape

5‘I snatched at the chance’


accept eagerly, jump at, take advantage of, grab, grab at, snap up, seize, seize on, grasp, grasp with both hands, pounce on, swoop down on

buy eagerly, buy quickly


1‘brief snatches of sleep’


period, spell, time, fit, bout, interval, duration, season, term, stretch, span, phase, run

British informal patch, spot

2‘he heard a snatch of their conversation’


fragment, snippet, smattering, bit, scrap, piece, part, extract, excerpt, portion, section, selection

3‘her snatch of £3 million in used notes has been described as ‘the perfect crime’’


theft, robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, robbing, pilfering, pilferage, purloining

shoplifting, burglary

raid, hold-up

appropriation, expropriation, misappropriation, embezzlement


rip-off, smash and grab

North American heist, stick-up

rare peculation, defalcation