[ sahyd-swahyp ]
See synonyms for: sideswipesideswipedsideswiping on

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.

  1. such a strike or blow.

Origin of sideswipe

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; side1 + swipe

Other words from sideswipe

  • sideswiper, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sideswipe in a sentence

  • The piece of proj had caught him a nasty side-swipe, though without hurting anything but his looks in the least.

    Sea-Hounds | Lewis R. Freeman
  • Again the Stazy staggered under the side swipe of a big wave.

    Ruth Fielding Down East | Alice B. Emerson
  • This last was a sort of side swipe at the man who had been on the other side of the argument.

  • A side swipe, and the ball was hurtled directly into Lauras hands.

  • The nimble foe avoided the blow, though struck a grinding, crushing side-swipe.

    The Victim | Thomas Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for sideswipe


/ (ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp) /

  1. a glancing blow or hit along or from the side

  2. an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject

  1. to strike (someone) with such a blow

Derived forms of sideswipe

  • sideswiper, noun

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