side·​swipe | \ˈsīd-ˌswīp \
sideswiped; sideswiping; sideswipes

Definition of sideswipe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike with a glancing blow along the side sideswiped a parked car



Definition of sideswipe (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the action of sideswiping

b : an instance of sideswiping : a glancing blow

2 : an incidental deprecatory remark, allusion, or reference

Examples of sideswipe in a Sentence


The taxi sideswiped a parked car.


She took a sideswipe at the senator's voting record.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The station itself was sideswiped by the twister, but other buildings were completely destroyed. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "A tornado sideswiped this North Carolina TV station just as it went on air," 16 Apr. 2018 For an unknown reason, Pickett crossed the center line, sideswiped a third vehicle and then careened into the victim’s car. Marco Santana,, "Port Orange man thrown from car, dies in collision," 9 June 2018 The collision occurred when the Nissan, heading west on Third Street, crossed over the double yellow line and sideswiped a Seidl’s Party Supplies Rentals van driven by a 51-year-old Ramona man, said Ensign. Ramona Sentinel, "Woman injured in Third Street collision," 13 July 2018 Those crashes included drifting between lanes, sideswiping, improper passing, running stop signs and ignoring road signs or pavement markings. Doug Phillips,, "Car plunges 50 feet from highway when radio distracts driver," 20 Apr. 2018 On his way to the airport, Rimmer also sideswiped a vehicle and didn’t stop, Fox 31 reported. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "Man bypassed airport security — by running right through a security checkpoint," 7 June 2018 Theories on what happened include the agents being sideswiped by a vehicle or accidentally falling into a culvert in the desert during their shift. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Feds: Border agent fatally shot immigrant after being attacked," 23 May 2018 Seven months ago on Halloween, Rachel Pharn was sideswiped by a pickup truck in a terror attack on a Manhattan bicycle path that left eight people dead and 11 others injured. New York Times, "Survivor of Halloween Terror Attack Says She Will Not Be a Victim," 21 May 2018 The man whose car had been sideswiped followed the suspect and saw him, after the crash, get out of his car's passenger side and run. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Drunk driver blames two imaginary gunmen for making him drive into house: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scott also praised law enforcement for responding to natural disasters and mass shootings, but took a sideswipe at his opponent, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, for not demanding more accountability at the FBI. Gray Rohrer,, "South Florida sheriffs aren't on Scott's endorsement list," 11 June 2018 Before the 2017 project, sideswipe crashes were an issue on the mid-level ramps where traffic makes the transition between I-41 and Capitol Drive, Pyritz said. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As you hit the roadways, be aware of these 12 crash-prone intersections in the Milwaukee area," 24 May 2018 Beyond deteriorating roadways, there have been 1,600 crashes at the north split between 2012 and 2016, largely rear-ends or sideswipes. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: INDOT looks at 7 different ways to rethink Downtown Indy's North Split," 3 May 2018 Nursick noted that narrowing travel lanes can increase the potential for head-on and crossover or sideswipe crashes. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Asking DOT To Widen Shoulders Along Route 17," 2 May 2018 Meanwhile, business groups representing companies ranging from Walmart Inc. to Inc. are warning US tariffs could raise prices for consumers and sideswipe stock prices., "Trump’s China tariffs fuel trade war fears, driving down stocks," 23 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, business groups representing companies such as Walmart Inc. and Inc. are warning that U.S. tariffs could raise prices for consumers and sideswipe stock prices. Bloomberg,, "Trade war approaches: China plans tariffs on $3 billion of U.S. imports, retaliating against Trump," 23 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, business groups representing companies ranging from Walmart Inc. to Inc. are warning U.S. tariffs could raise prices for consumers and sideswipe stock prices. Fortune, "Trump Orders Sweeping Tariffs on $50 Billion in Chinese Imports," 22 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, business groups representing companies ranging from Walmart to are warning U.S. tariffs could raise prices for consumers and sideswipe stock prices. Bloomberg News,, "Trump orders China tariffs of $50 billion or more; stock markets slide," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sideswipe


1891, in the meaning defined above


1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of sideswipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit the side of a vehicle with the side of another vehicle



English Language Learners Definition of sideswipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a critical remark about someone or something that is made while talking about someone or something else

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