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Snap (verb)



  • to break something with a short loud noise (złamać):


The storm snapped weaker trees.



  • Snap something in two (przełamać coś na dwoje):

She snapped the cookie in two and gave half of it to her sister.



  • to quickly move something so that it makes a short sound (pstryknąć; strzelić):


She snapped the can open.



  • to suddenly lose control and become angry because something has annoyed you or has become too difficult for you (stracić panowanie nad sobą):


She snapped during the trial because she couldn’t handle it any longer.


  • to speak to somebody in a sudden, angry way (warknąć; odburknąć):


I’m sorry for snapping at you like that.


  • (informal) to take a photograph (pstryknąć zdjęcie):


She snapped a picture of the president.



SNAP OUT OF IT

  • to make an effort to stop being unhappy or upset (weź się w garść):


Okay, so your girlfriend’s left you and you’ve lost your job, but you need to snap out of it as fast as you can!













SNAP TO IT

  • do something immediately! (do dzieła!; do roboty!):


Don’t just stand like that and wait! Go to your room and do your homework! Snap to it!




SNAP UP (phrasal verb)

  • to buy something as soon as it becomes available (rozchwytywać):


Customers waiting to snap up some bargains in H&M store.
When the new iPhone is released people just snap it up.












Snap your fingers
SNAP YOUR FINGERS

  • to make a sound by rubbing your fingers against your thumb (pstrykać palcami):


I just couldn’t help snapping my fingers when I heard that song.






Snap (Noun)

  • a short oud noise, made especially by something breaking or closing (trzask; pstryknięcie):


The lid closed with a snap.


  • (informal) a photograph (zdjęcie; fotka):


She showed me some holiday snaps.


  • a simple card game in which players put down cards in piles and try to be the first to shout 'snap' when there are two cards that are the same (wojna)





IT’S A SNAP!

  • easy thing (pestka):


Everyone can use a computer. It’s a snap!





SNAP!

  • used when you are surprised with something (Ale heca!):


Snap! You’ve got the same shoes as me!




Snap (Adjective)

  • decided or arranged very quickly, without much thought, preparation or warning (pośpieszny; pochopny):


I don’t want to make a snap decision but I think I will sell the house.


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