bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.
bagged a brace of pheasants
Examples of snare in a Sentence
people caught in the snare of drug addiction
you fell for my clever snare, you fool! Verb
They caught fish and snared seabirds.
Unfortunately, the nets also snare turtles.
They snared first place in the contest.
trying to snare business from competitors
The shortstop snared a high throw from the outfield. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The heroes of these new books make their way into rarefied circles and encounter the snares of politics.—Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 All the kick snares and everything changed — the bass lines changed, the pockets changed, the cadence, the writing.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2023 In certain regions, crab pots will be banned, but hoop nets and crab snares will be permitted.—Tori Latham, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 After chasing the caiman through the brush, Mr. Metzger was able to wrangle a snare around its snout.—Freda Kreier, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 In that regard, the insects a flytrap snares are essentially nutritional supplements.—Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 University of Minnesota graduate student Dani Freund is measuring stress levels in the hair samples collected in snares.—Kris Millgate, Field & Stream, 4 Oct. 2023 While New Zealand has made protecting its unique flora and fauna a job for everyone, the competition exposed a snare of tensions: Which animals deserve protection, and who gets to define cruelty and humaneness?—Yan Zhuang Tatsiana Chypsanava, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2023 This can be through being shot or poisoned to protect livestock, being poached for their body parts or being caught as by-catch in traps and snares set for other animals by bushmeat poachers.—Alexander Richard Braczkowski, Discover Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023
Under a statute aimed at reducing money laundering, millions of small businesses may soon be snared by onerous reporting requirements and fines for noncompliance.—The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2023 Wallace says Baier has long been able to snare interviews with everyone from actor Matthew McConaughey to athletes.—Brian Steinberg, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 In his 23 seasons with the Orioles, from 1955 to 1977, Robinson became known as the Human Vacuum Cleaner for his ability to snare just about anything hit his way.—Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 The suggestion that Apple could lose ground in the valuable Chinese market has pushed the company’s stock lower, and Apple’s most popular product has gotten snared in the persistent China-U.S. tensions over technology.—Tripp Mickle, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 My husband does this little whistle-thing when we’re separated but within earshot — a quick three-note lasso of a tune that snares my attention at any volume.—Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 Asteroid that passes nearby could hit Earth in the future, NASA says
Last month, the capsule landed in the Utah desert after a seven-year mission to snare a batch of rocks from the asteroid Bennu, located about 200 million miles away.—Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 11 Oct. 2023 Asteroid that passes nearby could hit Earth in the future, NASA says
Back in September 2016, the federal space agency launched the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on a daring mission to snare a batch of rocks from the asteroid Bennu, located about 200 million miles away.—Gina Sunseri, ABC News, 24 Sep. 2023 Adrienne Smith opened up the Renegades’ scoring less than two minutes into the game, snaring a 28-yard pass from Cahill for a touchdown.—Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English sneare, probably from Old Norse snara; akin to Old High German snuor cord and perhaps to Greek narkē numbness
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)