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 The driver and passenger in the white Mercedes SUV that was sideswiped were not injured. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Richmond man dies in fatal DUI crash on Interstate 80," 13 June 2019 According to the DA’s office, the truck failed to stop for Enfield police and sideswiped a vehicle in Connecticut. Christine Dempsey,, "Enfield chief: Pursuing officers in deadly crash appeared to be following policy," 23 Aug. 2019 Moses said that after sideswiping the first vehicle, the woman then crashed her Jeep into the back of an unmarked police vehicle parked on the 4500 block of Park Heights Ave. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore police officer taken to Shock Trauma, woman injured after crash in Central Park Heights neighborhood," 14 Aug. 2019 The trooper turned on his vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to get the driver’s attention, but the vehicle sideswiped the patrol car and continued on, striking two other vehicles. Cliff Pinckard,, "2nd Ohio teen dies from injuries in wrong-way crash," 22 Aug. 2019 Officer Andrew Brooks was knocked to the pavement and suffered deep bruising to his legs and hips when Carlos Francisco Zamora sideswiped him. oregonlive, "Intoxicated driver who struck cop on SE Portland street gets 2 days in jail," 9 Sep. 2019 The Thai woman was riding on a motorcycle on her way to work when a pickup truck sideswiped her on a rural stretch of asphalt in northeastern Thailand. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.," 19 Aug. 2019 The complaint says Jensen sideswiped a Metro Transit bus and then backed into the bus before slowly veering onto the curb and ramming into the bus shelter at Lyndale and Broadway avenues. Jeff Baenen, Twin Cities, "Criminal charges at issue for driver, 83, who crashed into Minneapolis bus shelter," 30 Aug. 2019 Officers said Suarez sideswiped a vehicle, which caused that driver to spin out of control and slam into a third vehicle. Dallas News, "Wrong-way driver in deadly Duncanville crash gets life sentence," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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,, "'Texas turnaround' would be an extra long U-turn for Brent Spence Bridge," 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,, "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

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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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