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snap / snap/ • v. (snapped , snap·ping ) 1. break or cause to break suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound: [intr.] guitar strings kept snapping | [tr.] dead twigs can be snapped off. ∎  [intr.] emit a sudden, sharp cracking sound: banners snapping in the breeze. ∎  [intr.] (of an animal) make a sudden audible bite: a dog was snapping at his heels. ∎  cause to move or alter in a specified way with a brisk movement and typically a sharp sound: Rosa snapped her bag shut. ∎  [intr.] move or alter in this way: his mouth snapped into a tight, straight line. ∎  [intr.] fig. suddenly lose one's self-control: she claims she snapped after years of violence. ∎  say something quickly and irritably to someone: [intr.] McIllvanney snapped at her | [with direct speech] “I really don't much care,” she snapped. 2. [tr.] take a snapshot of: he planned to spend the time snapping rare wildlife | [intr.] photographers were snapping away at her. 3. [tr.] Football put (the ball) into play by a quick backward movement from the ground. 4. [tr.] fasten with snaps: he pulled a white rubber swim hat over his head and snapped it under his chin. • n. 1. a sudden, sharp cracking sound or movement: she closed her purse with a snap. ∎  [in sing.] a hurried, irritable tone or manner: “I'm still waiting,” he said with a snap. ∎  vigor or liveliness of style or action; zest: the snap of the dialogue. 2. (usu. snaps) a small fastener on clothing, engaged by pressing its two halves together. 3. [in sing.] inf. an easy task: a control panel that makes operation a snap. 4. Football a quick backward movement of the ball from the ground that begins a play. 5. a snapshot. 6. Brit. a card game in which cards from two piles are turned over simultaneously and players call “snap” as quickly as possible when two similar cards are exposed. • adj. done or taken on the spur of the moment, unexpectedly, or without notice: a snap judgment he could call a snap election. PHRASES: in a snap inf. in a moment; almost immediately: gourmet-quality meals are ready in a snap. snap one's fingers make a sharp clicking sound by bending the last joint of the middle finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it, typically in order to attract attention in a peremptory way or to accompany the beat of music. snap someone's head offsee head.PHRASAL VERBS: snap back recover quickly and easily from an illness or period of difficulty: our bodies can snap back pretty well from short-term bouts of stress. snap out of [often in imper.] inf. get out of (a bad or unhappy mood) by a sudden effort: come on, Fran—snap out of it! snap something up quickly and eagerly buy or secure something that is in short supply or being sold cheaply: all the tickets have been snapped up.DERIVATIVES: snap·ping·ly adv.

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snap sb. quick or sudden bite XV; catch, effort, sound XVII; vb. bite quickly or suddenly, seize with sudden action XVI; break clean; make a cracking sound XVII. prob. — (M)LG., (M)Du. snappen seize; but partly imit. Comp. snapdragon
A. antirrhinum XVI;

B. Christmas game of snatching raisins from burning brandy XVIII.

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SNAP (snæp) Shelter Neighbourhood Action Project
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