[ sahyd-swahyp ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp /

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.


such a strike or blow.

Origin of sideswipe

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

Related forms

side·swip·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sideswipe

  • 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


/ (ˈsaɪdˌswaɪp) /


a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject


to strike (someone) with such a blow

Derived Forms

sideswiper, noun
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