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up for grabs

Definition of up for grabs

  1. :  available for anyone to try to get <Several positions on the team are still up for grabs.> <With the election just a few weeks away, a lot of voters are still up for grabs.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

grabplay grabs
  1. :  to take or seize by or as if by a sudden motion or grasp

    :  to obtain unscrupulously

    :  to take hastily

  1. :  intended to be grabbed

    :  taken at random

  1. :  something grabbed

    :  a sudden snatch

    :  an unlawful or unscrupulous seizure

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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