snap to attention

Definition of snap to attention

:to move quickly to a position of standing silently with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides
  • The soldier snapped to attention.
sometimes used figuratively
  • The children snapped to attention and got quiet when the teacher clapped his hands.

Word by Word Definitions

snap play
  1. : to make a sudden closing of the jaws : seize something sharply with the mouth

  2. : to grasp at something eagerly : make a pounce or snatch

  3. : to utter sharp biting words : bark out irritable or peevish retorts

  1. : an abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)

  2. : a share of profits or booty

  3. : something that brings quick and easy profit or advantage

  1. : with a snap

  1. : done, made, or carried through suddenly or without deliberation

  2. : called or taken without prior warning

  3. : fastening with a snap

attention play
  1. : the act or state of applying the mind to something

  2. : a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity

  3. : observation, notice


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