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swipe

[swahyp] /swaɪp/
noun
1.
a strong, sweeping blow, as with a cricket bat or golf club.
2.
Informal. a swing of the arm in order to strike somebody; punch.
3.
4.
Informal. a critical or cutting remark.
5.
a leverlike device for raising or lowering a weight, especially a bucket in a well; sweep.
6.
an act or instance of swiping:
You can debit your checking account with just a swipe of your card.
7.
Also called rubber. Horse Racing. a person who rubs down horses in a stable; groom.
verb (used with object), swiped, swiping.
8.
to strike with a sweeping blow.
9.
Informal. to steal:
He'll swipe anything that isn't nailed down.
10.
to slide (a magnetic card) quickly through an electronic device that reads data.
11.
Digital Technology. to move a finger or fingers, or a stylus, across an area on (a touchscreen) in order to execute a command:
Put your finger on the arrow and swipe the screen to the right to unlock your phone.
verb (used without object), swiped, swiping.
12.
to make a sweeping stroke.
13.
to slide a magnetic card through an electronic device.
14.
Digital Technology. to move the fingers across a touchscreen:
Swipe to the right to close the article.
Origin of swipe
1730-1740
1730-40; akin to sweep1; cognate with German schweifen
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  • The fact that emotion caused him to swipe at a straight half-volley, miss it, and be bowled next ball made the wound rankle.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • He goes to make a swipe at figure on other side of stairs—sees Rusty.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • He advanced a foot or two, and Porky turned his back toward Thor and made ready to deliver a swipe with his powerful tail.

    The Grizzly King James Oliver Curwood
  • The swipe I took at him should have swept him over, but he got his coils around me.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A swipe is an implement for drawing water for a brewery, the name of which has thus been transferred to the beer.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for swipe

swipe

/swaɪp/
verb
1.
(informal) when intr, usually foll by at. to hit hard with a sweeping blow
2.
(transitive) (slang) to steal
3.
(transitive) to pass a machine-readable card, such as a credit card, debit card, etc, through a machine that electronically interprets the information encoded, usu. in a magnetic strip, on the card
noun
4.
(informal) a hard blow
5.
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
6.
Also called sweep. a type of lever for raising and lowering a weight, such as a bucket in a well
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to sweep
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Word Origin and History for swipe
n.

1807, "a driving stroke made with the arms in full swing," perhaps a dialectal variant of sweep (n.), or in part from obsolete swip "a stroke, blow" (c.1200), from Proto-Germanic *swip-, related to Old English swipu "a stick, whip." Other possible sources or influences are Middle English swope "to sweep with broad movements" (in reference to brooms, swords, etc.), from Old English swapan; obsolete swaip "stroke, blow;" or obsolete swape "oar, pole."

v.

1825, from swipe (v.). The slang sense of "steal, pilfer" appeared 1885, American English; earliest use in prison jargon:

The blokes in the next cell, little Charley Ames and the Sheeney Kid, they was hot to try it, and swiped enough shoe-lining out of shop No. 5, where they worked, to make us all breeches to the stripes. ["Lippincott's Magazine," vol. 35, June 1885]
Meaning "run a credit card" is 1990s. Related: Swiped; swiper; swiping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for swipe

swingman

noun

A narcotics dealer; connection (1960s+ Narcotics)

swing shift

noun phrase

A work shift between the regular day and night shift, typically from four to midnight (1941+)

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