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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 Maroney, 34, repped his native N.Y.C., sporting a Yankees snapback hat, teamed with a North Face windbreaker, navy pants and matching Vans sneakers. Hanna Flanagan,, "Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney Step Out on One-Month Anniversary - See Her Wedding Ring," 19 Nov. 2019 Rookie Report: Doncic’s rookie season was among the most fun in recent memory, filled with clutch jumpers and lethal snapbacks. Michael Shapiro,, "Sophomore Check-In: Assessing Expectations for Luka Doncic, Trae Young in Year 2," 26 July 2019 But the rally has come at a cost: U.S. stocks have become increasingly expensive compared with major indexes elsewhere, something that some analysts worry could leave the market vulnerable to a snapback heading into the final months of the year. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Widen Lead Over Rest of the World," 1 Oct. 2018 Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News Beyond the bond proxies, there are other signs of investors taking out protection against a snapback. Akane Otani, WSJ, "‘Safety’ Stocks Drive September Market Rally," 19 Sep. 2018 Each month has a different theme and includes merchandise, from aprons to snapbacks to... salami socks. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Katz's Deli Will Now Ship Pastrami to Your Door," 1 June 2018 That would be the biker-esque snapback bandana headbands worn across the center of the forehead and paired with hairstylist Guido Palau’s latest take on gritty Wang girl hair. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Star-Spangled Braids! Biker Bandanas! Alexander Wang Has the Answer to Your July 4th Weekend Beauty," 4 June 2018 Axl Rose bandannas with snapback cap closures and American flags. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "This Is Alexander Wang’s America," 4 June 2018 In the weeks following the birth of her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott, Kylie has mainly been using social media to show share adorable pictures of Stormi and to flaunt her insane snapback progress. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Bare Stomach 7 Weeks After Giving Birth to Stormi," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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“Snapback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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