snap (one's) fingers

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snap (one's) fingers

1. Literally, to press the tip of one's thumb and middle finger together and then forcefully slide them apart, producing a snapping sound, often used to attract someone's attention. Tommy, please don't snap your fingers like that at me. If you want my attention, just raise your hand, and I'll come over to you when I have a chance.
2. To make a sudden or impromptu decision that one expects others to adhere to or go along with. So what, you're just going to move around the entire country whenever she snaps her fingers? That doesn't sound like a very equal marriage to me.
See also: finger, snap

snap (or click) your 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.
See also: finger, snap

snap your ˈfingers


1 attract somebody’s attention by making a sound with your thumb and middle finger: Waiters don’t like customers in restaurants who snap their fingers and shout ‘waiter!’
2 show you do not care about somebody/something: He snapped his fingers at the committee and walked angrily out of the room.
See also: finger, snap
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When asked what she would change about her body if she could Angelina replied: "If I could snap my fingers and put on 15lb I would be very happy.
I can't just snap my fingers as President and it's going to happen." (Departing into Al Gore-caliber wonkiness, he went on to say we should all have "smart cards"--electronic IDs with our health history encoded on them.)
Kicking off with a dance-mix version of the series theme, "Believe in Yourself," by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, the disc features show characters singing such fun numbers as "I Can't Snap My Fingers," "My Echo Doesn't Sound Like Me," "Fly, Butterfly, Fly!," "Has Anybody Seen My Invisible Friend?" and a kid-friendly version of the Pretenders' hit "Brass in Pocket." Since Arthur is public television's top-rated show among viewers 2-11--based, of course, on Marc Brown's popular book series--kids in that age range might get a kick out of this collection, too.
If I could snap my fingers tomorrow and put on 15 pounds I'd be happy.