To clutch or seize. I grabbed it; he grabbed him, i.e.
the bailiff caught him. (Swedish, grabba, to grasp; Danish, griber; our grip, gripe, grope, grupple.)
A land grabber.
A very common expression in Ireland during the last two decades of
the nineteenth century, to signify one who takes the farm or land of an
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894