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snap back (on someone or something)

[for something] to be jerked back onto someone or something. The branch snapped back on Tim and left a welt on his arm. The whip snapped back and stung Tex's hand.
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snap back

(at someone) to give a sharp or angry response to someone. The telephone operator, unlike in the good old days, snapped back at the caller. Please don't snap back. I've had a bad day.
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snap back (on someone or something)

[for something] to be jerked back onto someone or something. The branch snapped back on Tim and left a welt on his arm. The whip snapped back and stung Tex's hand.
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snap something back

to cause something to jerk back. The force of the crash snapped his head back and injured his neck. The crash snapped back his head.
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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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snap back

v.
1. To recover quickly: The patient snapped back quickly after surgery.
2. To utter a sharp retort: I asked a simple question, but the clerk snapped back with a mean remark.
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The longer the bungee stretched, the greater its elastic force -- the force that makes stretchy things snap back.
For instance, in scenarios where multiple SNAPs are deployed to create a large seamless roaming area, rather than run cables from each SNAP back to the wiring closet, cables are laid only to the closest SNAP2414.
He took a good check in the corner of his own zone in the first period, a check that caused his head to snap back in a twisting motion.
But to their surprise, the ions snap back into their original crystalline places when the pressure in the cell falls below 500 atmospheres.
He explained to reporters last week that both sides will be able to snap back if either side violates the agreement.
FANCYING a ginger snap back in his room after a busy day, Robin Cook rang room service for tea and biscuits.
Using a doll to demonstrate those actions to the jury, Velasquez said Perez claimed to have seen Rogelio hold the child up by the ankles and let her fall back until he suddenly broke her fall with a hand to her back, which forced her head to snap back.
At the other end, they can make cords that stretch easily and snap back as readily as rubber bands.