take a swipe at

idiom

1
informal : to direct criticism or insults toward (a particular person or group)
She took a swipe at her former company in her latest column.
2
: to try to hit (someone or something) by moving something
The batter took a swipe at the ball and missed.

Examples of take a swipe at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Carlson prodded Trump to take a swipe at his former Veep, who defied Trump on Jan. 6, refusing to unilaterally reject the election results, Trump didn’t exactly come out guns blazing. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 24 Aug. 2023 That move prompted Oregon coach Dan Lanning to take a swipe at Colorado earlier this week when asked for his reaction to it. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 Cannes has been a bastion of the cinematic experience and Östlund used his time at the microphone on opening night to take a swipe at the new way of distributing entertainment. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 16 May 2023 In his remarks at VMI, which the college recorded, Brown seemed to take a swipe at Northam and Underwood while praising his boss. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2023 Anthony Rendon wasn’t very talkative Saturday, two days after video surfaced of the Los Angeles Angels All-Star appearing to take a swipe at an Oakland fan after a 2-1 loss to the Athletics on Opening Day. Michael Wagaman, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Cannes has been a bastion of the cinematic experience and Östlund used his time at the microphone on opening night to take a swipe at the new way of distributing entertainment. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 16 May 2023 While upholding the Madison County Circuit Court’s ruling last year to dismiss the case, the Alabama Supreme Court used the case to take a swipe at Roe vs. Wade. al, 30 Oct. 2020 In his remarks at VMI, which the college recorded, Brown seemed to take a swipe at Northam and Underwood while praising his boss. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2023

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“Take a swipe at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20swipe%20at. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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