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snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

To fail, lose, or be defeated despite the appearance that one would be victorious, especially due to a mistake, error, or poor judgment. (An ironic reversal of the more common "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.") We were ahead by nearly 20 points with less than half the quarter remaining—how on earth did we manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory like that? The candidate has led in the polls right up to election day, but with that unfortunate remark last night, he may well have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

To win, succeed, or be victorious at the last moment, despite the apparent likelihood of failure or defeat. They were down by nearly 20 points with less than half of the last quarter remaining, but through sheer skill and perseverance they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The candidate has been behind in the polls right up to election day, but with that unfortunate remark by his opponent last night, he may end up snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

snatch (something) up

To purchase or acquire something quickly before anyone else has the chance. During the Black Friday sales, customers rush through stores snatching merchandise up at incredibly low prices. The corporation has been snatching up smaller startup companies to broaden its range of products and services.
See also: snatch, up


The act of being romantically involved with a much younger person. Primarily heard in UK. He must be cradle-snatching—how else can you explain him dating a woman 25 years younger than him?

snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Cliché to win at the last moment. At the last moment, the team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a last-second full-court basket.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory



robbing the cradle

Cradle-snatching is the practice of having a sexual relationship with a much younger partner. The woman is even older than his mother. It's cradle snatching! There'll always be those who accuse you of robbing the cradle. Note: You can describe someone who does this in British English as a cradle snatcher or, in American English, as a cradle robber. The ageing actress is a cradle snatcher, says her toyboy's family. Women who make off with men 15 to 30 years younger are viewed as neurotic cradle robbers. Note: These expressions are usually used in a disapproving way.
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I want to give message to all those who are concern and responsible please do positive steps and make sure how to eliminate mobile snatching crime in Karachi in order to protect the assets of every citizen.
If you find that the defendant carried a firearm in the course of committing the Robbery By Sudden Snatching, you should find [him][her] guilty of Robbery By Sudden Snatching with a firearm.
Scumbag Patrick started snatching phones after a friend told him about the scam.
Yamasaki began snatching bags around fall 2000 and quit his job as a driver after he met with success in the criminal enterprise, they said.
In 8,886 cases of crime against property, 24 were of dacoity, 1,836 of robbery, 10 of car-snatching, 437 of car-lifting, 199 of motorcycle-lifting, 3,818 of motorcycle-lifting, five of other vehicle snatching, 281 of other vehicle lifting and 2,224 of burglary.
Following his directions, SP investigation Mohammad Hassan Iqbal constituted a specialized team to nab criminals involved in street crime and snatching.
THE HARYANA government on Monday made amendments to the IPC and the CrPC to declare snatching a non- bailable offence.
A senior officer with the Criminal Investigation and Research Department said that in the early months of last year, the police nabbed seven men who allegedly stole gold ornaments, expensive watches and jewellery worth Dh500,000 by snatching bags from women, jewellers and bank clients after distracting the victims with a ploy of helping them with their cars.
The country's major cities like Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and many others have already faced many problems but snatching mobile phones on the rise day by day added the misery of general public.
In Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, meanwhile, the police said they arrested a 20-year-old man on Tuesday on suspicion of snatching a handbag from a woman on a bicycle.
A fresh wave of cell phone snatching has deprived more than 1,500 citizens of their mobiles.
ISLAMABAD -- In view of spurt in incidents of weapon snatching, Indian police in occupied Kashmir have decided to install computer chips in firearms to trace the snatchers.
Of late, robbery, theft, dacoity and bike lifting / snatching incidents in the area have increased.
An actor who plays a cop on ABC-TV's "High Incident" is facing a grand theft charge in a real-life case, in which he is accused of impersonating a police officer and snatching a $10 bill from a parking attendant.
Operating as a strong criminals mafia, the criminals thrive on vehicle lifting, car and motorbike, mobile phone snatching, jewellery, cash and mobile snatching, through, even vengeful killings, abductions for ransom, land grabbing also continue unabated.