Grab brakes engage suddenly and strongly, even when applying light pressure on the brake pedal. 

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Grab
- A vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts.
- A sudden grasp or seizure.
- An instrument for clutching objects for the purpose of raising them; -- specially applied to devices for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven.
2. Grab
- To gripe suddenly; to seize; to snatch; to clutch.
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