Meaning of “snipe” in the English Dictionary

"snipe" in British English

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snipeverb [ I ]

uk /snaɪp/ us /snaɪp/

to shoot at someone from a position where you cannot be seen:

The rebels have started sniping at civilians.

to criticize someone unpleasantly:

The former minister has been making himself unpopular recently, sniping at his ex-colleagues.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsnaɪ.pɪŋ/ us /ˈsnaɪ.pɪŋ/

snipenoun [ C ]

uk /snaɪp/ us /snaɪp/ plural snipe or snipes

a bird with a long, straight beak that lives near rivers and marshes (= low land that is wet and sometimes covered with water)

(Definition of “snipe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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snipeverb [ I ]

us /snɑɪp/

to criticize, esp. in a mean way because you are annoyed or angry:

Frustrated by the war, Republicans and southern Democrats contented themselves with sniping at the president.

(Definition of “snipe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)