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"swipe" in British English

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swipeverb

uk   us   /swaɪp/
  • swipe verb (HIT)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​hit or ​try to ​hit something, ​especially with a ​sidewaysmovement: She ​opened the ​window and swiped at the ​flies with a rolled-up ​newspaper to make them go out.UK She swiped him round the ​head.mainly US The ​car swiped the ​side of the ​garage as he ​pulled out.
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swipenoun

uk   us   /swaɪp/
  • swipe noun (CRITICISM)

[C usually singular] a ​criticism of someone or something, or an ​attempt to ​annoy them or ​damage it: In a ​recentinterview, she takes a swipe at the ​theatremanagement.
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"swipe" in American English

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swipeverb

 us   /swɑɪp/
  • swipe verb (HIT)

[I/T] to ​hit or ​try to ​hit something, esp. with a ​sidewaysmovement of the ​arm: [I always + adv/prep] Ray swiped at a ​tearrunning down his ​cheek.
  • swipe verb (STEAL)

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

swipenoun [C]

 us   /swɑɪp/
  • swipe noun [C] (HIT)

a ​sidewaysmovement 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).
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"swipe" in Business English

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swipeverb [T]

uk   us   /swaɪp/ COMMERCE, WORKPLACE
to ​pass a swipe ​card through a ​machine that can read the ​informationstored on the card's magnetic ​strip: Many ​shops still have the ​facility to swipe your ​card if the pin ​machine isn't ​working.
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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