Definition of swipe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swaɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swaɪp//
    swipe (at somebody/something) (informal)
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  1. 1an act of hitting or trying to hit somebody/something by swinging your arm or something that you are holding She took a swipe at him with her umbrella.
  2. 2an act of criticizing somebody/something He used the interview to take a swipe at his critics. The article takes a side swipe at the teachers.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: perhaps a variant of sweep.
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