grabber

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

grab +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

grabber (plural grabbers)

  1. One who, or that which, grabs (seizes).
    • 1985, Ebony (volume 40, number 12, page 130)
      Another money grabber, according to Ms. Chapman, is the woman who makes $30,000-$40,000 or more a year, but lives as though she makes twice as much.
  2. (television, film) A line of dialogue, etc. that captures the viewer's attention.
    • 2001, Lydia Wilen, ‎Joan Wilen, How to Sell Your Screenplay (page 166)
      Get to the story and make sure that line 6 or 7 is a grabber. TV viewers have attention spans of fifteen seconds, and then they hit the remote.
  3. A machine in an amusement arcade containing prizes which the player must attempt to pick up with a mechanical grabbing arm.

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