1. [mid-17C+] (also nib) of objects, to snatch, to steal, to seize.
2. [late 17C+] to apprehend or arrest someone.
3. [late 18C+] (UK Und., also knab) to catch or capture a person unawares; to catch, in sense of to hit; to take or seize.
4. [mid-18C+] (US) to obtain for oneself, to grab; thus in a sexual context, to seduce.
5. [late 18C+] (also nib) to catch someone out, esp. if cheating.
6. [1980s] (US tramp) to steal a ride on a train.
see Mother Knab-cony under mother n.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) handcuffs.
[early 19C] the police cells.
1. [late 18C–early 19C] a policeman.
2. [early 19C] (UK Und.) a bailiff.
[late 19C] (US Und.) to catch in the act.
[mid–late 19C] to take a blow on the face.
see nap one’s bib under nap v.1
[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to receive a death sentence.
[mid-19C–1900s] (UK Und.) to take one’s usual share of a robbery’s proceeds.
1. orig. of horses, to be ill-tempered, sullen.
2. to be punished.
3. (UK Und.) to receive money.
[late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) to steal linen that has been put out to bleach or dry.
[19C–1900s] (UK Und.) to be hanged.
see knap the stoop under knap v.
[late 18C–early 19C] for a prisoner to be flogged as a punishment while in prison, rather than in public.