snatch at

snatch at someone or something

to grasp at someone or something. The mugger snatched at Jane just as she sprayed Mace on him. He snatched at the Mace, but it was too late.
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snatch at

v.
To attempt to grasp or seize something by grabbing at it suddenly: The police officer snatched at the gun in the robber's hand.
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References in classic literature ?
He surveyed the prize; walked around it; smelt at it from a safe distance; walked around it again; grew bolder, and took a closer smell; then lifted his lip and made a gingerly snatch at it, just missing it; made another, and another; began to enjoy the diversion; subsided to his stomach with the beetle between his paws, and continued his experiments; grew weary at last, and then indifferent and absent-minded.
He sacrifices something, that the enemy may snatch at it.
However, that was not enough to satisfy the Indian and he lifted 146kg to set a new Games record in his third try in snatch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The theft is being linked to a till snatch at the Maybird shopping centre, Birmingham Road, Stratford, last Wednesday when pounds 400 was taken from a man at a till in Poundstretcher.
Cruikshank, who trains at Bisham Abbey, won a silver and two bronzes in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and also claimed a silver in the 69kg snatch at Kuala Lumpur four years ago.