- poor, watery, or spoiled beer.
- malt liquor in general, especially beer and small beer.
Origin of swipes
- a strong, sweeping blow, as with a cricket bat or golf club.
- Informal. a swing of the arm in order to strike somebody; punch.
- a sideswipe.
- Informal. a critical or cutting remark.
- a leverlike device for raising or lowering a weight, especially a bucket in a well; sweep.
- an act or instance of swiping: You can debit your checking account with just a swipe of your card.
- Also called rub·ber. Horse Racing. a person who rubs down horses in a stable; groom.
- to strike with a sweeping blow.
- Informal. to steal: He'll swipe anything that isn't nailed down.
- to slide (a magnetic card) quickly through an electronic device that reads data.
- Digital Technology. to move a finger or fingers, or a stylus, across an area on (a touchscreen) in order to execute a command: Put your finger on the arrow and swipe the screen to the right to unlock your phone.
- to make a sweeping stroke.
- to slide a magnetic card through an electronic device.
- Digital Technology. to move the fingers across a touchscreen: Swipe to the right to close the article.
Origin of swipe
Examples from the Web for swipes
Guardians centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an intergalactic smuggler who swipes an orb.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
He also took some swipes at his former White Stripes sidekick—and ex-wife—Meg White.Jack White Apologizes For Trashing Meg White, Adele, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Etc.
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Shorts, Spuddy and Swipes are in disgrace at the fraternity.
Swipes and Spuddy, tear-stained and pale, stood by the door, waiting.
Spuddy and Shorts were dragging the limp Swipes up the long steps.
"Gad, but he looked dead when they picked him up," said Swipes in despair.
"I wish it had been I," muttered Swipes brokenly, when they were alone again.
- British slang beer, esp when poor or weak
- (when intr, usually foll by at) informal to hit hard with a sweeping blow
- (tr) slang to steal
- (tr) to pass a machine-readable card, such as a credit card, debit card, etc, through a machine that electronically interprets the information encoded, usu. in a magnetic strip, on the card
- informal a hard blow
- an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
- Also called: sweep a type of lever for raising and lowering a weight, such as a bucket in a well
Word Origin and History for swipes
1807, "a driving stroke made with the arms in full swing," perhaps a dialectal variant of sweep (n.), or in part from obsolete swip "a stroke, blow" (c.1200), from Proto-Germanic *swip-, related to Old English swipu "a stick, whip." Other possible sources or influences are Middle English swope "to sweep with broad movements" (in reference to brooms, swords, etc.), from Old English swapan; obsolete swaip "stroke, blow;" or obsolete swape "oar, pole."
1825, from swipe (v.). The slang sense of "steal, pilfer" appeared 1885, American English; earliest use in prison jargon:
The blokes in the next cell, little Charley Ames and the Sheeney Kid, they was hot to try it, and swiped enough shoe-lining out of shop No. 5, where they worked, to make us all breeches to the stripes. ["Lippincott's Magazine," vol. 35, June 1885]
Meaning "run a credit card" is 1990s. Related: Swiped; swiper; swiping.