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snip off

To sever something (from something else) with a quick, clean cut. A noun or pronoun can be used between "snip" and "off." I was so glad when Charlie finally snipped off that disgusting rat-tail. Didn't he realize how repellant it looked? The man snuck into his neighbor's garden at night and snipped all the rosebuds off the bushes.
See also: off, snip

snip something off (of) something

 and snip something off
to cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) she snipped a dead blossom off the rosebush. Jane snipped off a bud.
See also: off, snip
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The other day, when he was drunk, he admitted that he sometimes secretly snips off bits of hair from women on the Tube or in the cinema.
When he snips off a cowlick, for example, it leaves a bald spot, and the whole student body ends up having to get checked for suspected ringworm.
She likes the colour so much that she snips off a piece of the material so that it can be matched up by Dulux.
It snips off a few final amino acids, rendering biologically inactive proteins active.
She likes the colour so she snips off a piece of material to be matched up by Dulux.
When subjected to a specific enzyme -- a protease that snips off the overlapping amino acid tab -- the protein would reactivate and open up a channel in the membrane.