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Definition of snapback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a football snap
2 : a sudden rebound or recovery a snapback of prices on the stock exchange

snap back

snapped back; snapping back; snaps back

Definition of snap back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a quick or vigorous recovery

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Examples of snapback in a Sentence

Noun the doctor predicted a quick snapback for the rugged young soldier Verb teenagers will often snap back remarkably quickly analysts hoped that the economy would snap back over the next few months
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The landmark 2015 nuclear deal was endorsed by a U.N. Security Council resolution and includes the snapback provision. Nasser Karimi, Star Tribune, "Iran: UN nuclear chief's visit to Tehran no link to US push," 23 Aug. 2020 Despite an initial snapback in hiring after the pandemic forced lockdowns last spring, Texas still has 474,000 fewer jobs than a year ago. Dallas News, "As pandemic deepens, Texas’ unemployment rate rises to 8.1% in November, easily eclipsing U.S. rate," 19 Dec. 2020 The snapback surprised executives in a steel industry that had been in a slump for more than a year before the pandemic. Bob Tita And Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Steel Orders Jump After Covid-19 Slowdown," 14 Dec. 2020 But then, a tightening race lifted the S&P by 3.1% through Election Day, followed by more gains on November 4 and 5 that swelled the relief rally to 7.5%, capping the best 4-day performance since the snapback from the mid-March lows. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Is gridlock really ‘nirvana’ for stocks? Investors should be wary of these four potential perils," 5 Nov. 2020 The United States decided to invoke the snapback mechanism after the U.N. Security Council failed to extend an arms embargo against the country that is set to expire in October. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz touts 'snapback' of Iran sanctions as UN opens session," 18 Sep. 2020 State economists, meanwhile, are predicting a snapback in college enrollment after a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available., "Florida state colleges see dip in enrollment," 30 Oct. 2020 From Teyana boasting about her snapback post-pregnancy to H.E.R. gushing over hosting her first annual festival last year, this heralded class of R&B singers were worth the price of admission with their electric cipher. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Seven Can't Miss Moments From the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards," 27 Oct. 2020 And yet, given the opportunity to enforce the JCPOA and enact the snapback sanctions designed exactly for this situation, the Europeans balked, declining to extend the arms embargo on Iran. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Our Allies and Iran," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of snapback


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snapback was in 1887

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13 Jan 2021

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“Snapback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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