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sideswipe

[sahyd-swahyp]
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verb (used with object), side·swiped, side·swip·ing.
  1. to strike with a sweeping stroke or blow along the side; strike a glancing blow obliquely.
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noun
  1. such a strike or blow.
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Origin of sideswipe

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; side1 + swipe
Related formsside·swip·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for sideswipe

Historical Examples

  • The skull was smashed over the left eye, as if someone had taken a sideswipe at Hendrix with a hammer.

    Let'em Breathe Space

    Lester del Rey


British Dictionary definitions for sideswipe

sideswipe

noun
  1. a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
  2. an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
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verb
  1. to strike (someone) with such a blow
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Derived Formssideswiper, noun
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