For days, the ruble has been falling and salaries shrinking; shoppers have rushed to snap up TV sets and washing machines.
Anyone out there who has any sense at all would just snap up one of her new $73 snake-skin numbers right quick!
He did not snap up the bait thus thrown out, as Lester hoped he would.
Fruit, poultry, vegetables, any little thing they can snap up easily.
If she is confined to the coop, the chickens go forth and soon scratch for themselves and snap up the proper insect food.
She had not believed Maud would be so ready to snap up a rich man; but—ah!
But a lad like you, David, might snap up a horn and a pistol or two without remark.
He was irascible, quick to snap up a word, which was foreign to him.
What a grand idea it would be to snap up the prisoner under the very noses of his captors!
A hawk in pursuit of a plump pigeon would not turn aside to snap up an insignificant sparrow.
late 15c., "quick, sudden bite or cut," from Dutch or Low German snappen "to snap," probably related to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snavel "bill, beak," from West Germanic *snu-, an imitative root forming words having to do with the nose (see snout).
As an adjective from 1790. Commonly used to indicate instantaneous action, e.g. snap judgment (1841). Sense of "quick movement" is first recorded 1630s; that of "something easily done" is 1877. Meaning "brief or sudden spell" of weather (usually cold) is from 1740. Meaning "catch or fastener that closes with a snapping sound" is from 1815. The card game name is attested from 1881, from a call used in the game. Meaning "a snap-shot" is from 1894. U.S. football sense is from 1912, earlier snap-back (1880), which also was a name for the center position. Snap, Crackle and Pop, cartoon characters associated with Kellogg breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, are from 1940.
1520s, of animals, "to make a quick bite," from snap (n.). Meaning "to break suddenly or sharply" is first recorded c.1600; the mental sense is from 1970s. Meaning "come into place with a snap" is from 1793. Meaning "take a photograph" is from 1890. U.S. football sense first recorded 1887. Related: Snapped; snapping. To snap the fingers is from 1670s. Phrase snap out of it recorded by 1907. Snapping turtle is attested from 1784. Snap-brim (adj.) in reference to a type of hat is from 1928.
A short sharp sound; a click. Used especially of cardiac sounds.
[the third noun sense is found by 1648, but the current street and sports use is probably not a survival; the third verb sense is fr the cliche´ ''something snapped in his mind'']