snap (one) out of (something)

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snap (one) out of (something)

To cause one to abruptly recover from some negative or undesirable condition, emotion, or situation. I was in a state of shock after the crash, but hearing my daughter's cries snapped me out of it. The president's emergency funding measures seem to have snapped the country out of the recession.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

snap something out of something

 and snap something out
to remove something from something, causing an audible snap. Jeff snapped the plastic plug out of the socket. He snapped out the plug.
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snap out of something

Fig. to become suddenly freed from a condition. (The condition can be a depression, an illness, unconsciousness, etc.) I was very depressed for a week, but this morning I snapped out of it. It isn't often that a cold gets me down. Usually lean snap out of it quickly.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

snap out of

Suddenly recover, as in You can't expect an entire economy to snap out of the doldrums overnight. This expression is also put as an imperative, Snap out of it! telling someone to return to his or her normal state of mind from an undesirable condition such as grief, self-pity, or depression; for example, Snap out of it, Stella; it's over and done with. [1920s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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