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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.
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swipe verb (STEAL)

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

swipe verb (MOVE)

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

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.

swipe noun (HIT)

[C] an act of hitting or trying to hit someone or something: Edwin took a swipe at the ball and missed.
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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