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/snarf/ 1. To grab, especially to grab a large document or file for the purpose of using it with or without the author's permission.

See also BLT.

2. (Unix) To fetch a file or set of files across a network.

See also blast.

3. To acquire, with little concern for legal forms or politesse (but not quite by stealing). "They were giving away samples, so I snarfed a bunch of them."

4. Synonym for slurp. "This program starts by snarfing the entire database into core."

5. (GEnie) To spray food or programming fluids due to laughing at the wrong moment. This sense appears to be widespread among mundane teenagers - ESR.

6. This term was mainstream in the late 1960s, meaning "to eat piggishly". It may still have this connotation in context.

7. A creature on the Thundercats, fond of eating, usually covertly.
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Snarf's set out on their mission to create the world's finest sandwich when it opened its first location in Boulder, Colorado in 1996, in what is affectionately referred to as 'The Shack.' Since then, the family-owned business, founded by Jimmy 'Snarf' Seidel, has grown to more than 20 restaurants in Boulder, Denver, Austin and St.
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One by one Teddy threw the stale crackers to the cows who snarfed them up with their big rubber lips.
If you have a laptop, cell phone, or other gadget that is enabled with Bluetooth technology, beware of getting "snarfed"--that is what it's called when all the data on your device, including phone numbers, addresses, calendars, who you called and who called you, is stolen and copied onto another person's gadget.
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So we quickly snarfed lunch, grabbed an extra rod or two, and made for the boats.