Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snatch v.

1. [early 18C; late 19C+] (US) to steal, esp. to shoplift; thus snatching n.

2. [1930s+] (mainly US) to kidnap; thus snatching n.

3. [1940s+] (US black) to threaten someone by grabbing their lapels and talking menacingly into their face; also fig. use, to critically butt in.

In compounds

snatch-cly (n.) [SE snatch + cly n. (2)]

[late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) a thief who specializes in stealing from women’s pockets.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

snatch-back (n.)

[1980s] repossession, e.g. of a car when the buyer defaults on credit payments.

In phrases

snatch one’s time (v.) (also snatch it, snatch one’s bit, snatch one’s rent) [i.e. to snatch one’s time back for oneself]

[1910s+] (Aus.) to resign.

snatch on (v.)

[1980s] (US black) to forcefully fondle sexually when the recipient is unwilling.

snatch up (v.)

[1950s+] (US black) to arrest.