Idiom:  up for grabs

The bride holds her bouquet in the air and the wedding guests' hands are stretched out, ready to catch it. "Everyone tried to get in the best position when the bride's bouquet was up for grabs."


Idiom:  up for grabs

  • possible for anyone to have
  • available and ready for anyone to take

Example sentences

— Apple just announced a contest and a new MacBook is up for grabs.

— There are some gently-used ski jackets up for grabs in the staff lounge if anyone is interested.

— Did you hear there are prizes up for grabs at Friday's Happy Hour? Management is desperately trying to persuade people to attend.

— What's up for grabs at tomorrow's auction?

— McDonald's annual Monopoly contest had millions in cash and prizes up for grabs

— The director has resigned so his position is up for grabs and everyone is scrambling to apply.

— No, the contract fell through and the house is still up for grabs if you want to submit a bid.

— Eliud Kipchoge has already won the marathon but second and third place are still up for grabs with eight runners in contention in the final mile.

— We've won a new contract and have hired a project director but the rest of the positions are still up for grabs.

— There are 34 U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in the regular 2022 election.


  • on the market
  • up for sale
  • on deck
  • on offer

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