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Examples from the Web for cold snap
One could not tell how long the cold-snap would last, but it had already embarrassed him.
An early spring cold-snap was on, and the wildness of the scene was painted in a temperature of thirty below zero.
British Dictionary definitions for cold snap
- a sudden short spell of cold weather
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Idioms and Phrases with cold snap
Also, cold spell. A short period of unusually cold weather, as in The recent cold snap has threatened the crop. The first expression presumably likens snap in the sense of “a sudden bite or cut” to sudden unexpected cold. The variant is more obvious, spell having been used in the sense of “a bout or turn at something” since the early 1700s. [Early 1800s]
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