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side·​swipe ˈsīd-ˌswīp How to pronounce sideswipe (audio)
sideswiped; sideswiping; sideswipes

transitive verb

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


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: the action of sideswiping
: an instance of sideswiping : a glancing blow
: 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
Officials said 53 people were onboard a 2010 International bus when it was sideswiped by a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup on Florida State Road 40 around 6:30 a.m. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 14 May 2024 The crash was the result of a passenger vehicle sideswiping a tractor-trailer and a tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, leading to a massive fire that left the overpass with structural damages that were beyond repair, Lamont said at Friday’s news briefing. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2024
The head-on crash caused a silver Toyota Camry behind the Jeep to be involved in a minor sideswipe, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement to FOX San Francisco. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 14 May 2024 That's how dolphins B (collected in the 1980s in the Gulf of Mexico) and T captured their fish in the seawater pool, using a sideswipe motion of the head. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for sideswipe 

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Word History

First Known Use


1891, in the meaning defined above


1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sideswipe was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Sideswipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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side·​swipe -ˌswīp How to pronounce sideswipe (audio)
: to hit along the side with a blow that bounces off at an angle
sideswiped a parked car


2 of 2 noun
: an instance of sideswiping : a blow from an angle that bounces off
: an indirectly related disapproving remark, allusion, or reference
a sideswipe at the senator's voting record

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