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sideswipe

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sideswipe

sideswiper, noun
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How to use sideswipe in a sentence

  • Commercial carrier reports near miss sideswipe three minutes ago in blue lane approximately three miles west of mile Marker 957.

    Code Three|Rick Raphael
  • I saw a big touring car sideswipe a Ford runabout and knock it several feet to one side on the country road.

    "Say Fellows--"|Wade C. Smith
  • The woman raised one hand from the money and made an unexpected sideswipe at Plaster's jaw with her open palm.

    The Ten-foot Chain|Achmed Abdullah
  • 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
/ (ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp) /

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

Derived forms of sideswipe

sideswiper, noun
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