1. [late 16C–18C] to fondle sexually, to masturbate a partner.
2. [mid-19C-1930s] (US Und.) to steal; to grab.
3. [1920s–30s] (US tramp) to arrest.
1. [late 17C–18C] severely beaten or thrashed.
2. [late 17C–19C] suffering from a venereal disease.
[mid-16C–mid-19C] an early version of the 20C+ scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
[late 17C–mid-19C] to thrash, to beat severely; thus clawed off
see grab (the) sky under grab v.