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swipe

verb  /swɑɪp/ us  

swipe verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit or try to hit something, esp. with a sideways movement of the arm: [I always + adv/prep] Ray swiped at a tear running down his cheek.

swipe verb (STEAL)

[T] infml to steal: He was trying to swipe a sweatshirt.

swipe

noun [C]  /swɑɪp/ us  

swipe noun [C] (HIT)

a sideways movement of the arm in an attempt to hit something: No one took a swipe at the ball or tried to knock it away from me. fig. Thomas took a swipe at his competitors (= criticized them).
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