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snap something off

to break off something brittle. Liz snapped a bit of the rock off and put it in her bag. Carl snapped off a piece of the candy and gave it to Timmy.
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There are what I call yolk bayonets around the side which you snap off.
The force of the collision caused her mirror to snap off and fly threw her side window.
But this summer's unrelenting heat has sparked an epidemic of limbs that snap off with exhaustion, crashing onto front lawns and car hoods.
It is thought the culprits scaled scaffolding on Cardiff Castle to snap off the 2ft-long hour hands in what officials are calling 'pure vandalism'.
And the exotic blue and yellow macaw was nursing his battle wounds last night after the thieves tried to snap off his long tail and wings.
They do not have public bins (and I mean anywhere) because people take their rubbish home and lemonade/coke bottles have tops that cannot snap off once opened.
If the pili were like a pencil," explains Bullitt, "they would just snap off " Instead, they can stretch slightly and bounce back.
Meanwhile, wash asparagus and snap off and discard tough ends.
When leaves shrivel, snap off stems close to tubers.
DON'T forget to pinch out or snap off side shoots on tomatoes to prevent them becoming too bushy.
They tend to get overwatered and limbs will snap off and hit cars.
Researchers fear the jittery arrays will eventually snap off.
They either snap off in the middle or just fall over of their own weight.
Having your bolts snap off as you follow the TM's guidance on torquing would make same people want to snap
Snap off woody ends of asparagus spears and discard.