he snapped off a salute


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Hello, I think snapp off means "quick" in the sentence below but I'm not quite sure. I will be grateful if someone can confirm or correct me, thank you.

Sobel saw Winters, dropped his head, and walked past without saluting. When he had gone a further step or two, Winters called out, “Captain Sobel, we salute the rank, not the man.” “Yes, sir,” Sobel answered as he snapped off a salute.

Source: Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose.
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