snatch at

snatch at

1. To grab or grasp at someone or something. The father snatched at his child, but she managed to slip away from him and run back into the playground. I turned around just as I noticed the pickpocket snatching at my wallet.
2. To attempt to obtain, achieve, or make use of something. Be sure to snatch at this opportunity—you might never get another one like it! He's been snatching at reasons to fire Tom for weeks now.
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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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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.
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.