To grab something is to get it or reach for it very quickly. People grab things with their hands:
- We grabbed some food from McDonald’s before leaving on our trip.
- Tim grabbed a few apples before walking out the door.
- If you happen to see Louise, grab her for me because I need to talk to her.
- During a football game, players try to grab the ball away from their opponents.
- Don’t forget to grab your coat before we leave.
- Grab your hat and an umbrella. It’s raining outside.
- That TV commercial really grabs your attention.
Sometimes we use the word "grab" to describe an assault of some kind:
- A mugger grabbed Lisa from behind and stole her purse.
- A mob of screaming girls tried to grab onto the young teen idol as he passed by them.
- A police officer grabbed the suspect and threw him to the ground.
- A dog grabbed the leg of a man who was threatening the dog’s owner.
The police officer grabbed the man by his coat and told him to stop what he was doing.
There’s a common expression that uses the word "grab." To say that something is up for grabs means that it’s available to the first person who claims it or picks it up.
- The Johnson’s say that in their backyard they have a play set that’s up for grabs to anyone who can take it apart and haul it away.
- The school has some old desks that are up for grabs, but you’ll have to act quickly because the desks are pretty nice.
- I’ve got an old phone that’s up for grabs. Who wants it?
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This page was published on July 9, 2017.