Meaning: to get something quickly so you don't miss out
- be snapped up The tickets went on sale at 9 o'clock, and by 10 o'clock they'd all been snapped up.
- snap up sth The government bonds were paying an interest rate of 8 percent, so people were snapping up as many as they could get.
- snap sth up Lots of magazines would snap the photos up if they had the chance to buy them from the photographer.
The apartments were being snapped up because they were