side·​swipe | \ ˈsīd-ˌswīp How to pronounce sideswipe (audio) \
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

Verb The taxi sideswiped a parked car. Noun She took a sideswipe at the senator's voting record.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then gusty winds will begin to sideswipe the Florida Gulf Coast early Tuesday, progressing from south to north during the day., 6 July 2021 Residents along Florida's east coast on Friday prepared to deal with dueling disasters — a hurricane that threatened to sideswipe the coast even as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the state. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2020 The need to suddenly become teachers, during this pandemic, has sideswiped the working patterns of mothers and fathers alike. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, 21 May 2020 The virus outbreak has sideswiped the region with a raft of new, potentially much broader uncertainties. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2020 The officers learned that the victim had been sideswiped by another vehicle traveling on Piney Point Road. Houston Chronicle, 24 Feb. 2020 Police said the pedestrian was on the shoulder of I-95 at I-695 in Arbutus with a disabled vehicle around 7:20 a.m. Witnesses told police a Ford van drifted into the shoulder, sideswiping the victim’s vehicle before crashing into him. Mckenna Oxenden,, 26 Sep. 2019 But the car veered off Olney-Laytonsville Road, went airborne, sideswiped a utility pole and slammed into a tree. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2020 Certainly, there are more tactful ways to excite a moribund fan base than to sideswipe the previous regime. Paul Daugherty,, 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What could have been an injurious collision was thankfully more of a sideswipe. Kristi Scales, Dallas News, 9 Dec. 2020 The most common crash seen at the current Delaware Street ramp weave is a sideswipe followed by a rear-end collision, according to INDOT. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2020 Many of the accidents were attributed to rear-end collisions caused by vehicles stopping in a travel lane and sideswipe accidents caused by vehicles changing lanes, the city said in a news release. Robin Goist, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2019 Cars with lane-departure warning systems had 11 percent fewer single-vehicle, sideswipe, and head-on crashes than those without the technology, for example., 10 Nov. 2019 Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune: USC sideswipes Utah, knocking the Utes off their path to glory. oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2019 Davis said many rear-end crashes and sideswipes on the Brent Spence Bridge happen because drivers entering at Fourth Street who wish to continue on I-75 don't have enough time to cross multiple lanes of traffic. Sarah Brookbank,, 7 Aug. 2019 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,, 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, 24 May 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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The first known use of sideswipe was in 1857

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12 Jul 2021

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“Sideswipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sideswipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : 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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