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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.
See also: off, snap

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.
See also: off, snap
References in classic literature ?
"Yes; he writes that you are here, and that he thinks you might allow me to be of use to you," said Levin, and as he said it he became suddenly embarrassed, and, stopping abruptly, he walked on in silence by the wagonette, snapping off the buds of the lime trees and nibbling them.
THIEVES who broke into a Newsome house stole a Land Rover and a Range Rover after snapping off a house door's weak lock.
Iley was seen on CCTV pulling up, getting out of her own car carrying a bar and striking the Mini several times before snapping off the rear windscreen wiper.
Damage to the walnut tree recently has been put down to young people - snapping off branches etc.
Keep snapping off stems all the time and it will sulk out of sight.
Snapping off the fanning branches I arrayed on the altar in our cellar--
The pair escaped unhurt despite one of the wings shattering, the tail snapping off and the nose cone and propellor being destroyed.
He was talking about a piece of the bone snapping off, not his hand.
Since Kit Kat moved into flow-wrapped metallised OPP in the UK in 2001, Payne has supplied Supastrip[R] to ensure the continuation of the brand's much-loved consumer ritual--revealing and snapping off one finger at a time; Nestle is committed to bringing the quality and freshness benefits of flow-wrapped packaging to consumers globally and has now introduced the technology into the Asian market.
The roadwheel wobbles, snapping off the studs, and can cause a thrown track.
* Instead of snapping off spears to remove fibrous parts, peel off the outer skin below the head, leaving only the tender inside for cooking.
Snapping off the plunger creates a primary transport tube.
Such a technique would have helped prevent wriggling meals from snapping off the pterosaur's delicate teeth.--S.
Fans of the trademark way to eat a KitKat - snapping off a finger at a time - will also not be disappointed, said Nestle.
The Mercedes sideswipes the Fiat, snapping off its own driving mirror and smashing the Fiat's tail- light.