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[snap-bak] /ˈsnæpˌbæk/
a sudden rebound or recovery.
Football. snap (def 34).
Origin of snapback
1885-90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase snap back Unabridged
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  • It is not elastic like rubber; it may be stretched; but it will not snap back again as rubber does.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
  • Your body always tends to snap back to the position you were in when you first became elastic.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Ross snapped it level with the panel, and when it did not snap back, he felt somehow encouraged.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • By lifting the hammer of the rifle and letting it snap back, the captain had exploded one cartridge at random.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • He seemed suddenly to snap back into his hard, cynical shell.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • Too late, he realized his blunder, for without delay, Katharine seized the opportunity to snap back to her former position.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • This rifle is very fast in action as a snap back and forth of the wrist is sufficient to operate it.

  • "I wish we had snap back, or that Whisker were a dog instead of a goat," said Bert.

British Dictionary definitions for snap back


a sudden rebound or change in direction
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Idioms and Phrases with snap back

snap back

Rebound from a setback, recover quickly, as in I think we'll snap back quickly from this business downturn. This idiom transfers the sudden release of tension on, for example, a branch to other kinds of recovery. [ First half of 1900s ]
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