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grab (a)hold of (someone)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer grabbed hold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister grabbed ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Once major corporations grab hold of a politician, it's easy to predict where his political interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely grabbed ahold of John.
3. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: grab, of

grab and go

(used before a noun; sometimes hyphenated) Characterized by being very quick and easy to obtain, access, and use. Increasingly busy lifestyles have led to an explosion in the popularity of grab and go meals and snacks. The purpose of our app is to provide a new grab-and-go resource for students and educators alike.
See also: and, grab

grab the bull by its horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by its horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. I've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to grab the bull by its horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, grab, horn

grab the bull by the horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by the horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. I've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to grab the bull by the horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, grab, horn

grab some rays

To spend some time in the sun (often with goal of tanning). We're supposed to have nice weather this afternoon, so why don't we go to the beach and grab some rays? I'm really glad I grabbed some rays on vacation—I was so pale before!
See also: grab, ray

grab bag

1. A container or bag filled with various things, usually free gifts or promotional items. Primarily heard in US, Australia. For their grand opening event, the new cosmetics store gave customers a grab bag filled with coupons and free samples of their products.
2. By extension, anything that represents a variety of differing or unrelated items. My resume has a real grab bag of experience on it. I hope they can see how it applies to the position I applied for.
See also: bag, grab

grab (one) by the throat

To capture and hold one's attention or emotions. Susie is a great writer so her new mystery novel should grab you by the throat. When I realized that my friend had copied my test answers, anger grabbed me by the throat.
See also: grab, throat

*bite (to eat)

to get something to eat; to get food that can be eaten quickly. (*Typically: get ~; grab ~; have~.) I need a few minutes to grab a bite to eat. Bob often tries to get a bite between meetings.

grab a chair

 and grab a seat
Fig. to quickly sit down in a seat. Grab a chair and join the group!
See also: chair, grab

grab at someone or something

 and grab for someone or something
to grasp quickly at someone or something; to try to seize someone or something. He grabbed at me, but I got away unscathed. I grabbed at the rope, but missed. The teacher grabbed for the little boy and held him.
See also: grab

grab on (to someone or something)

to grasp someone or something; to hold onto someone or something. Here, grab onto this rope! Grab on and hold tight.
See also: grab, on

grab someone or something away (from someone or something)

to snatch someone or something away from someone or something. Harry's aunt grabbed the dirty candy away from him before he got it in his mouth. I grabbed away the meat from the dog.
See also: away, grab

grab someone's attention

 and get someone's attention; grip someone's attention
Fig. to draw or attract someone's attention. The bright colors on the poster are there to grab your attention. The scary movie gripped my attention.
See also: attention, grab

How does that grab you?

Inf. What do you think of that? (Pronounced more like HowZAT grab ya?.) Looks good, okay? How does that grab you? How does that grab you? Enough salt?
See also: does, grab, how, that

make a grab at someone or something

to grasp at someone or something. Don made a grab at Betsy, but she eluded him. Kelly made a grab at the ball, but it went on past her.
See also: grab, make

up for grabs

 
1. Fig. available for anyone; not yet claimed. The election is up for grabs. Everything is still very chancy. I don't know who will get the promotion. It's up for grabs.
2. Fig. in total chaos. This is a madhouse. The whole place is up for grabs. When the market crashed, the whole office was up for grabs.
See also: grab, up

grab bag

A miscellaneous collection, as in The meeting amounted to a grab bag of petty complaints. This term alludes to a container offered at a party or fair, where one dips in for a party favor or prize without knowing what one will get. [Mid-1800s]
See also: bag, grab

how does that grab you

What do you think of that? For example, They want to put his name at the top of the masthead-how does that grab you? This expression employs the verb grab in the sense of "excite one's interest or attention." [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: does, grab, how, that

third rail

Something that is dangerous to tamper with, as in Anything concerning veterans is a political third rail. This term alludes to the rail that supplies the high voltage powering an electric train, so called since 1918. On the other hand, grab hold of the third rail means "become energized." Both shifts from the original meaning date from the late 1900s.
See also: rail, third

up for grabs

Available to anyone, as in Now that he's resigned, his job is up for grabs. This term alludes to something being thrown in the air for anyone to grasp or catch. [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: grab, up

up for grabs

INFORMAL
COMMON If something is up for grabs, it is available for anyone who is willing or able to compete for it. Thirty-five Senate seats are up for grabs in tomorrow's election. A £10,000 jackpot is still up for grabs over the next seven weeks in our super new numbers game.
See also: grab, up

grab the headlines

or

grab headlines

If someone or something grabs the headlines or grabs headlines, they get a lot of attention in the newspapers, on TV, etc. He is not among the players who have been grabbing the headlines this season. His visit to the US is bound to grab headlines.
See also: grab, headline

grab someone/something by the throat

or

take someone/something by the throat

If you grab someone or something by the throat or take them by the throat, you make a determined attempt to control, defeat, or deal with them. Instead of being passive, you must get out there and grab life by the throat. Gloucestershire took the game by the throat from the start. Note: If you are succeeding in dealing with someone or something, you say that you have them by the throat. He has his enemy by the throat and he is not about to let go.
See also: grab, something, throat

grab someone by the throat

If something grabs you by the throat, it is so powerful, interesting, or exciting that you are forced to pay attention to it. There is something about Las Vegas that grabs you by the throat. This film still has the power to grab you by the throat.
See also: grab, throat

bite

1. in. to accept a deception; to fall for something; to respond to a come-on. We put up a sign advertising free pop, but nobody bit.
2. in. [for someone or something] to be bad or threatening. My dad bites, but don’t worry, he’s in a good mood.
3. in. to be irritating. (More severe than to suck, as in It sucks.) This party bites. Sko.
4. tv. to copy something without permission; to steal something. Sue bit a copy of my term paper, and I almost got in trouble.

grab some bench

tv. go to the bench, during a game. The coach told Freddy to go grab some bench.
See also: bench, grab

How does that grab you?

interrog. What do you think of that? Looks good, okay? How does that grab you?
See also: does, grab, how, that

up for grabs

1. mod. available for anyone; not yet claimed. I don’t know who will get it. It’s up for grabs.
2. mod. in total chaos. When the market crashed, the whole office was up for grabs.
See also: grab, up

grab

/take the bull by the horns
To deal with a problem directly and resolutely.

bite

/hold (one's) tongue
To be or keep silent.
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