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swipes

[ swahyps ]
/ swaɪps /
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noun (used with a plural verb)British Informal.

poor, watery, or spoiled beer.
malt liquor in general, especially beer and small beer.

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Origin of swipes

1780–90; noun plural use of swipe to drink down at one gulp, variant of sweep1
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British Dictionary definitions for swipes

swipes
/ (swaɪps) /

pl n

British slang beer, esp when poor or weak
C18: probably related to sweep
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