When you "grab" something, you take it with your hands and hold on to it.
- George is 82 years old. He always grabs onto the railing as he walks upstairs or downstairs because he's afraid of falling.
- The standing passengers on the train grabbed onto the overhead bar to keep their balance as the train moved forward.
- Small children often grab the hands of their mother or father when walking across a busy street.
- The man grabbed the bull by the horns as he tried to bring it to the market.
Sometimes the verb "grab" is very similar to "get."
- I'm going to grab something to eat.
- Renee wants to grab her jacket before she leaves the house.
- Can you grab that book for me please? Thanks.
- Before Jim closed the refrigerator door he grabbed some mustard and ketchup.
A popular expression also makes use of the word "grab." When you say that something is "up for grabs," that means that it is available to anyone:
- This last piece of pizza is up for grabs. Who wants it?
- Brian's position at the company is up for grabs now that he has left.
- There's a bunch of free furniture that's up for grabs. Do you want any of it?
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This page was first published on January 17, 2012. It was updated on December 6, 2016.