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snap off

1. To break or detach (from something) with minimal force, especially resulting in an audible snap. The wings of the model airplane simply snap off, allowing you to mix and match different styles. Be careful with that vase! I don't want the decorative flower petals to snap off.
2. To break or detach something (from something else), especially with an audible snap. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "snap" and "off." I snapped a branch off of the tree and began sharpening it with my knife. You'll need to snap off the back panel of the computer to access the CPU.
3. To turn off some electronic device, especially a television or radio. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "snap" and "off." My mother hates that politician so much that she snaps off the TV whenever he comes on. He got up from his chair, snapped the radio off, and shuffled out of the room.
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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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Fins are typically mounted permanently on iSUPs, but have enough flex that an abrupt stop on a rock won't snap them off.
Pick them while they are hard and firm, starting from the bottom of the stem and snap them off. You can also eat the leafy growth at the top.
Can you honestly blame them when they have role models who make a living from starving themselves into size zero outfits (Posh was so sewn into those pants), taking their tops off (usually having huge chunks of silicone shoved under their skin) and aspiring only to be on the VIP list of the best London clubs where newspapers can snap them off their faces on cocaine, while the girls who have real lives, who have gone to university and worked to get where they are, go unnoticed.
The rear, for example, can be changed between slant back, square back and SUT configurations, depending on utility needs, while the doors are removable and the wheel flares are attached to the body using spring-loaded fasteners so you can snap them off if they are damaged.
You may be lucky to find broken twigs out in the countryside (but don't snap them off trees ( leave them where they belong, or else where will the new season's birds sing their dawn chorus from?) if not, your florist should have a good selection ranging from flowering cherry blossom through to the more simple, yet extremely sculptural, tortured willow.
So what's new?They've had disappearing bollards in the capital's Rose Street and Castle Street for years delivery trucks snap them off at the roots.