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Rfv-sense: "Brisk, cold weather that passes quickly." (N.B. the example was added later.) —RuakhTALK 16:09, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

The example is cold snap. I've heard that very often, but never snap for weather outside of that phrase. Equinox 16:12, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Well, that's definitely what a cold snap is in the UK - not really sure about snap itself. (edit conflict!) SemperBlotto 16:13, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Oh, in the U.S. as well. I am definitely not questioning "cold snap". —RuakhTALK 17:09, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
"A cold snap"; "a snap of cold"; "the air/breeze/wind had a snap to it"; "a snap in the air/wind/breeze". There seems to me some transfer of meaning among these common usages. I can't sort it out (yet?). Is it "the sensation of cold/dry on the skin/nose/throat" that unifies these? DCDuring TALK 18:22, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
I understand the "snap" as being a spell, i.e. the period of weather, not its effects. Equinox 18:44, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
I had been looking at COCA which makes certain kinds of searches (collocations, hyphenation) easier than Google. I could not find any kind of snap except cold and cool there. On b.g.c. there are "hot snap"s, so I expect that other weather-related senses are possible. I wonder whether it is only weather or if social atmosphere or musical mood can have a "snap". DCDuring TALK 20:22, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Merriam-Webster Online, defines it as a "sudden spell of weather"... --BigBadBen 20:43, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed. I've rewritten the sense to remove the claims about coldness. —RuakhTALK 14:31, 23 March 2010 (UTC)


I get the feeling that "snap" as "A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)" is primarily a UK thing. Correct? Tuckerresearch (talk) 17:24, 27 October 2012 (UTC)


I think "oh snap" is a euphemism for "oh shit". AmericanLeMans (talk) 23:42, 17 October 2014 (UTC)