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Snatcher   /snˈætʃər/   Listen

A thief who grabs and runs.
Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom).  Synonyms: abductor, kidnaper, kidnapper.

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"Snatcher" Quotes from Famous Books

... four have fine science in their tales. I have had only three copies of Astounding Stories, and the tales I like best are: "Vandals of the Stars," the serial "Brigands of the Moon," "Monsters of Moyen"—this was most interesting—"The Ray of Madness," "The Soul Snatcher," and "The Jovian Jest." This last, though short, I thought to be very good, and it gave one furiously to think, too. While I like all kinds of Science Fiction, I have a special preference for interplanetary and fourth ...
— Astounding Stories, March, 1931 • Various

... thank God,' said the cornet's wife.' "Snatcher" is certainly the only word for him.' Lukashka was surnamed 'the Snatcher' because of his bravery in snatching a boy from a watery grave, and the cornet's wife alluded to this, wishing in her turn to say something agreeable to ...
— The Cossacks • Leo Tolstoy

... content with refusing revenue,' he continued, 'this outlander refuses also the begar' (this was the corvee or forced labour on the roads) 'and stirs my people up to the like treason. Yet he is, when he wills, an expert log-snatcher. There is none better or bolder among my people to clear a block of the river when the logs ...
— The Kipling Reader - Selections from the Books of Rudyard Kipling • Rudyard Kipling

... while we're helpin' to put out fires, not to speak of all the worry and bother of tryin' to get information out of parrots and bandicoots an' hedgehogs, why, it's enough to make a man suspect his own grandfather of bein' a puddin'-snatcher.' ...
— The Magic Pudding • Norman Lindsay

... trouble with him before?" remarked the officer. He studied Jimmy with new interest, proud in the belief that he had brought a confirmed "baby-snatcher" ...
— Baby Mine • Margaret Mayo

... of counsel! he deemed that mortal wight Could thwart the will of Heaven itself and curb Poseidon's might! Was it not madness? much I fear lest all my wealth and store Pass from my treasure-house, to be the snatcher's prize once more! ...
— Suppliant Maidens and Other Plays • AEschylus

... well as angered, when she chanced to overhear two of the strapping young cannery girls. "The way that little sawed-off is monopolizin' him," said one. And the other: "You'd think she might have the good taste to run after somebody of her own age." "Cradle-snatcher," was the final sting that sent the angry blood into Saxon's cheeks as the two girls moved away, unaware that ...
— The Valley of the Moon • Jack London

... body of Moses." It was a dispute characterized on the part of the archangel more by act than word. Words are hushed in great encounters. Debate with a pirate, a body-snatcher, would be folly; no arguments, therefore, were wasted, on the top of Nebo, by Michael, over the grave of Moses. "The Lord rebuke thee," was his retort; his heavenly form stopping the way, his baffling right arm hindering the accursed design, were the invincible ...
— Catharine • Nehemiah Adams

... consists in plucking away this rosette, and bearing it in safety beyond the barricades. Should a rosette fall to the ground, it does not count. A prize is given to whoever recovers a rosette. The blood-red rosette of Nero entitled the snatcher of it to one hundred francs. Another characteristic feature of the Provencal courses is that there are no professional toreadors. Any man or boy who likes enters the lists against the bull. Usually there are from a dozen ...
— In Troubadour-Land - A Ramble in Provence and Languedoc • S. Baring-Gould

... great ambition to be a sniper or "body snatcher" as Mr. Atkins calls it. The day that he was detailed as Brigade Sniper, he celebrated his appointment by blowing the ...
— Over The Top • Arthur Guy Empey

Words linked to "Snatcher" :   malefactor, crimper, kidnapper, outlaw, crook, snatch, seizer, thief, shanghaier, body snatcher, stealer, capturer, crimp, criminal, abductor, captor, felon

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