snap your fingers

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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Snap your fingers twice very quickly, and that's how close it was to the Ford's time.
When feeling is the gauge, snap your fingers at logic" - T S Eliot.
The shoes and the Insole sport a rechargeable battery mounted into the very back of the insole or behind the heel of the shoes, and the charger, which is designed to give audio feedback as to its charging levels when you snap your fingers, has been dubbed as the "world's first interactive charger".
When you don't get deals done immediately and you're negotiating with a club over a long period, then you can't expect to just snap your fingers and get it done.
The chief officer of Meirionnydd CHC Pat Billingham points out that you cannot snap your fingers and expect a new organisation to happen over night.
You can't under-resource the most important part of our war on terror, you can't under-resource that for five or six or seven years -- whether it's under-resourced with troops,whether it's under-resourced with civilian manpower,whether it's under-resourced with economic development funding -- and hope to snap your fingers and have that turn around in just a few months.
You don't just snap your fingers and set it up, though.
People think you just snap your fingers and sign somebody, and now you can take the next step and next step and next step,'' Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.
It's not something you can snap your fingers to - it's hard work and you need to make sacrifices.
You can simply snap your fingers or whatever you do when you're all-powerful.
That's when I thought 'Don't snap your fingers at me, lady',' said juror No 5, a retired widow.
The tiny muscles in your hands help you pick up things and snap your fingers.
You can't just snap your fingers and move to another country," said Tom Muscalino, president of the home fashions division of Dan River, citing other issues involved in sourcing.
NEIL ROBERTS WAS ONCE ASKED, "IF YOU could snap your fingers and make one wish come true that would change the quality of care in nursing homes, what would you wish for?
Snap your fingers and the flight attendant will bring it.