take a swipe at

Definition of take a swipe at

  1. 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. 2 :  to try to hit (someone or something) by moving something The batter took a swipe at the ball and missed.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

  1. :  a strong sweeping blow

    :  a sharp often critical remark

  1. :  to strike or move with a sweeping motion

    :  to strike or wipe with a sweeping motion

    :  steal, pilfer

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