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sideswipe

[sahyd-swahyp] /ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp/
verb (used with object), sideswiped, sideswiping.
1.
to strike with a sweeping stroke or blow along the side; strike a glancing blow obliquely.
noun
2.
such a strike or blow.
Origin of sideswipe
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; side1 + swipe
Related forms
sideswiper, noun
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  • I see Emily make a side-swipe with her nozzle at a stout gent who's in the act of climbing a telegraph-pole hand over hand.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for side-swipe

sideswipe

/ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp/
noun
1.
a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
2.
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
verb
3.
to strike (someone) with such a blow
Derived Forms
sideswiper, noun
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Word Origin and History for side-swipe
v.

also sideswipe, "to strike with a glancing blow," 1904, from side (adj.) + swipe (v.). Related: Side-swiped; side-swiping. The noun is first recorded 1917.

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Slang definitions & phrases for side-swipe

sider

Related Terms

portsider

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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