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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In typical Fallon style, the host can be seen laughing as he and the "Sign of the Times" singer snap their fingers to a jazzy soundtrack.
Are we to have confidence that Congress will snap their fingers and instantly fund the final three years?
As an established concert pianist, he is equally at ease performing the Tchaikovsky Bflat Piano Concerto, improvising on Tatum's Humoresque, playing his own transcription of Broadway musicals or making the audience snap their fingers to his own arrangements of the music of the great jazz artists.
According to the report, the guidebook also gives out country-specific advice like Chinese visitors to Germany should only snap their fingers to beckon dogs, not humans and when in Spain, women should always wear earrings in public, or else be considered effectively naked.
Nobody can wave a magic wand or snap their fingers and wish this problem away," Bankaci said.
Newborns automatically perceive the downbeat of a sequence of sounds, thankfully without having to snap their fingers or tap their toes, says psychologist and study director Istvan Winkler of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, who reports the work with colleagues online January 26 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Literally snappy, in fact, as one of its more irritating mannerisms is to have actors snap their fingers to punctuate scene and lighting changes.
We don't know how you do things up there in the great state of New Hampshire, senator, but around here we are not in the habit of jumping to attention whenever elected officials snap their fingers.
Will asked fans all over the world to snap their fingers every three seconds - to signify the death of a child somewhere in the world due to extreme poverty.
He has often been taunted in the Commons by upper class Tories who snap their fingers and demand a gin and tonic from him, because he used to be a waiter.
"They were lucky that they could snap their fingers and poof they got them."
STARS like Madonna think they can snap their fingers and money will do the rest.
I would have liked to know how a squad whose very existence is officially denied can just snap their fingers like that and arrange Amy's immediate transfer, but it's all a bit of a mystery.
WHEN Brits snap their fingers it simply indicates that they want something done quickly.