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snap up

Meaning: to get something quickly so you don't miss out

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

The apartments were being snapped up because they were
  1. too expensive
  2. very good value
  3. poorly built

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