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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 Despite snapback rallies on several days, the S&P 500 is down 23% for the year so far. Simon Constable, WSJ, "What Is ‘Buy the Panic’?," 6 Apr. 2020 Merkel said that any relapse could mean a snapback in restrictions and that Germany must be better able to track infection trails, with a team of at least five contact tracers for every 20,000 people. Author: Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in some places; wedge between states and White House deepens," 21 Apr. 2020 Economists at JPMorgan think there will be a strong snapback if activity is able to get up and going by the middle of 2020. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The US is preparing $2 trillion to stimulate its economy. Will it be enough?," 25 Mar. 2020 That process could lead to the snapback of international sanctions. Joseph Krauss,, "Iran’s president says ‘no limit’ to nuclear enrichment," 16 Jan. 2020 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

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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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12 May 2020

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“Snapback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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