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    snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Snap:
    lose control of one's emotions.
    Above definition is from the link. The defintion of losing control of one's emotions does not make much sense to me. Would you explain it in a more clear and detailed way?

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=snap


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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    A person who acts suddenly, unrestrained by normal moral inhibitions, is said to have snapped. Think of moral restraints as a rope bound to each person; when it snaps, or breaks, the person is freed to commit a deed which they would normally eschew.

    A normally decent person who inexplicably commits murder is often said to have snapped.
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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    How do you think someone might feel or react if their baby died?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How do you think someone might feel or react if their baby died?
    I would imagine "collapse". To me "snap" is more about anger.

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Snap:

    The defintion of losing control of one's emotions does not make much sense to me.
    What does not make sense to you?

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    "Snap! Passenger jumps out of seat and tries to open airplane door at 38,000 feet."
    "Passenger disappointed to discover opening airplane door at 35,000 feet impossible."
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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A person who acts suddenly, unrestrained by normal moral inhibitions, is said to have snapped. Think of moral restraints as a rope bound to each person; when it snaps, or breaks, the person is freed to commit a deed which they would normally eschew.

    A normally decent person who inexplicably commits murder is often said to have snapped.
    Would you explain: 1.Why it is not "commits a murder" but "commit murder"?
    2. Does decent you have used mean good/nice?

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How do you think someone might feel or react if their baby died?
    It's just an example from Wordweb probably for illustrating the word in question.

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I would imagine "collapse". To me "snap" is more about anger.
    Can we say that if two people argue, the argument grows up and one of the participants kills the other, the participant killing the other has snapped? I read frequently such situations in newspapers, this makes me think the situation is very common in my country.

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    Re: snap -lose control of one's emotions.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Can we say that if two people argue, the argument grows up and one of the participants kills the other, the participant killing the other has snapped? I read frequently such situations in newspapers, this makes me think the situation is very common in my country.
    Yes, you can.
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