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


The taxi sideswiped a parked car.


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The crash took place around 5:12 p.m. on eastbound I-80 just west of Central Avenue, when a grey Nissan Sentra weaving in and out of traffic sideswiped a white Mercedes SUV. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Driver arrested after fatal collision on I-80 in Richmond," 8 June 2019 Thirty minutes later, it was sideswiped by a Honda. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 6: D-Day, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Fiat Chrysler, homelessness," 6 June 2019 Although Travis tweeted after the crash that his tour bus was only sideswiped in the collision that happened in the early hours of May 18, tragically, two other people were killed. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Travis Tritt Performs on 'The Voice' 5 Days After His Involvement in a Fatal Car Crash," 22 May 2019 Gordon was driving a 2005 Kia Sportage on Kirk Road when the car sideswiped a northbound Ford van, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man charged with DUI, weapon possession after crash in St. Charles," 5 June 2019 Last year, in Laurel, Maryland, Marcus Colbert, 30, was killed when a passing SUV sideswiped a parked car and pinned him against his garbage truck. Washington Post, "Maryland’s garbage workers in harm’s way," 17 May 2018 Spending in 2017 by firms on machinery and equipment reached C$296.67 billion, down nearly 7% from 2014 outlays, or the year before the global commodity-price swoon sideswiped Canada’s resource-reliant economy. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Unveils Tax Incentives to Offset Trump Effect," 21 Nov. 2018 This will be in addition to the previous work the Dolphins have been doing as part of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), which was founded and created by Ross after Miami’s bullying scandal that sideswiped the 2013 season. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins create long-term partnership with 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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)

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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