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To catch and arrest someone. Often used in passive constructions. We'll be able to nab the perpetrator as soon as we have an eyewitness to the crime. I heard the serial killer was finally nabbed last night.
Caught and arrested by police. I heard the serial killer was finally nabbed last night. OK, here's your portion of the drugs to sell. Don't get nabbed!
See also: nab
1. slang A contrived shortening of "neighborhood." Primarily heard in US. Wow, it's wild coming back to my old nabe as an adult! There are some new faces in the nabe this year.
2. slang A contrived shortening of "neighbor." Primarily heard in US. Howdy, nabe! Beautiful day, isn't it?
dated slang A policeman, or the police in general. Round these parts, people tend to be as scared of Uncle nabs as they are of criminals. I thought someone was going to get killed until Uncle nab showed up and broke the fight up.
See also: uncle
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1. tv. to arrest someone. (see also nabbed.) I knew they would nab him sooner or later.
2. and nabber n. a police officer; a cop. There’s a nabber at the door who wants to talk to you.
mod. caught by the police; arrested. She’s down at the police station. She’s nabbed.
See also: nab
1. n. a neighborhood; one’s own neighborhood. Hey, man, welcome back to the old nabe!
2. n. a neighborhood theater. Do I have to go downtown to see that movie, or is it playing at the nabes yet?
n. a policeman. Watch out for Uncle nab. He’s been asking about you.
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