dog 'snapping', growling, [snap]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sami33, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member


    I wonder if the following definition of "snap" fits with this context:

    Snap: (of an animal) make a sudden audible bite.

    This resistance only infuriated Mr. Sikes the more; who, dropping on his knees, began to assail the animal most furiously. The dog jumped from right to left, and from left to right;
    snapping, growling, and barking; the man thrust and swore, and struck and blasphemed; and the struggle was reaching a most critical point for one or other; when, the door suddenly opening, the dog darted out: leaving Bill Sikes with the poker and the clasp-knife in his hands.

    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  2. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    Yes, and exactly the way the word is used in 21st century English when talking about a dog trying to bite somebody who is mistreating it.
  3. lucas-sp Senior Member

    English - Californian
    Yes, that's what it means.
  4. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member

    Thank you very much.

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