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swipe

verb uk   /swaɪp/ us  

swipe verb (HIT)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit or try to hit something, especially with a sideways movement: She opened the window and swiped at the flies with a rolled-up newspaper to make them go out. She swiped him round the head.mainly US The car swiped the garage door as he pulled out.
See also
Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

swipe verb (STEAL)

[T] informal to steal: Okay, who's swiped my keys?Stealing

swipe verb (MOVE)

[T] to move a card containing information stored on a magnetic strip through a device that reads this informationComputer concepts

swipe

noun uk   /swaɪp/ us  

swipe noun (CRITICISM)

[C usually singular] a criticism of someone or something, or an attempt to annoy them or damage it: In a recent interview, she takes a swipe at the theatre management.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

swipe noun (HIT)

[C] an act of hitting or trying to hit someone or something: Edwin took a swipe at the ball and missed.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
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