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sideswipe

verb side·swipe \ ˈsīd-ˌswīp \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of sideswipe

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

Examples of sideswipe in a Sentence

  1. The taxi sideswiped a parked car.

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First Known Use of sideswipe

1891

in the meaning defined above

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sideswipe

noun

Definition of sideswipe

1 a : 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

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

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First Known Use of sideswipe

1857

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SIDESWIPE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sideswipe for English Language Learners

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


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Definition of sideswipe for English Language Learners

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


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