from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Informal To seize (a fugitive or wrongdoer); arrest.
  • transitive v. Informal To grab; snatch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To seize, arrest or take into custody a criminal or fugitive
  • v. To grab or snatch something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The summit of an eminence.
  • n. The cock of a gunlock.
  • n. The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot.
  • transitive v. To catch or seize suddenly or unexpectedly.
  • transitive v. To capture; to arrest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To catch or seize suddenly or by a sudden thrust and grasp
  • n. The summit of a mountain or rock; any piece of rising ground: same as knob .
  • n. The cock of a gun-lock.
  • n. A projecting box screwed to the jamb of a door, or to one door of a pair, to receive the latch or bolt, or both, of a rim-lock.
  • n. A hat; a head-covering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. tag the base runner to get him out
  • v. take into custody
  • v. seize suddenly


Perhaps variant of dialectal nap, to seize, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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