snatch-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: Pick up; grab or steal an entity (concrete or abstract).

Commentary: Includes: SNATCH UP, SNATCH AWAY Syntax Is: NP1[agent] SNATCH NP2[patient]

Before I could stop him, the dog snatched up the bone.
He snatched the toy from his sister.
Japanese companies are poised to snatch the technology and move
forward with implementation.
Politicians threaten to snatch away our civil liberties.
Thieves snatched my dog along with my television.

VerbNet: steal-10.5-1,obtain-13.5.2
FrameNet: Removing,Theft
PropBank: snatch.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
snatch_up 1

Sense Number 2: SNATCH AT: grasp at without necessarily actually acquiring an object (concrete or abstract).

Commentary: Is: SNATCH AT

The cat snatched at the butterflies.
We're snatching at some good ideas, I think.
She snatched at the hem of her mother's dress.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: Kidnap.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] SNATCH NP2[patient[human]]

The industrialist's son was snatched yesterday by FARC.
Terrorists snatched an American diplomat.

VerbNet: steal-10.5-1
FrameNet: Kidnapping
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3