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[sahyd-swahyp] /ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp/
verb (used with object), sideswiped, sideswiping.
to strike with a sweeping stroke or blow along the side; strike a glancing blow obliquely.
such a strike or blow.
Origin of sideswipe
1900-05, Americanism; side1 + swipe
Related forms
sideswiper, noun Unabridged
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  • Head-on and sideswipe crashes result in numerous fatalities and injuries each year.
  • Without the system, the truck might be driven into an adjacent lane, resulting in a head-on or sideswipe collision.
  • Attempts to move over to the through lane can cause queuing and possible rear-end and sideswipe conflicts.
  • Improving traffic flow will also reduce the risk of congestion-related collisions, such as rear-end and sideswipe collisions.
  • In some cases the vehicle crossed the centerline and was involved in a head-on crash or opposite direction sideswipe.
  • Rear-end and sideswipe collisions on the freeway are a significant concern.
  • Accidents in this category usually involve two cars moving in the same direction in read-end or sideswipe collisions.
  • The additional capacity reduces sideswipe and congestion-related collisions.
  • Drivers now have better visibility and the ability to turn without risking a serious sideswipe or head-on collision.
  • The two-way left-turn lane will provide a refuge for turning drivers and reduce the risk of rear-end and sideswipe collisions.
British Dictionary definitions for sideswipe


a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
to strike (someone) with such a blow
Derived Forms
sideswiper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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