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  • Dressed snipe walking away with pipe
    Dressed snipe walking away with pipe
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snipe attack in speech or writing "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    • v snipe aim and shoot with great precision
    • v snipe hunt or shoot snipe
    • n snipe a gunshot from a concealed location
    • n snipe Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
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Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wesley Snipes has a 5th Degree Black Belt.
    • Snipe A fool; a blockhead.
    • Snipe (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
    • Snipe To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding.
    • Snipe To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.
    • Snipe To shoot at detached men of an enemy's forces at long range, esp. when not in action; -- often with at.
    • Snipe To shoot or hunt snipe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wesley Snipes installed public telephones while struggling to become an actor in New York.
    • n snipe A bird of the genus Scolopax in a former broad sense. Some or any bird belonging to the family Scolopacidæ, having the bill straight, much longer than the head, dilated and sensitive at the end, and with a median lengthwise groove on the upper mandible near the end, the toes cleft to the base, the primaries not emarginate, and the tail-feathers barred; especially, a member of the genus Gallinago (Scolopax being restricted to certain woodcock). In Great Britain three species of Gallinago are called snipe.
    • n snipe A fool; a blockhead; a simpleton; a goose.
    • n snipe A half-smoked cigar found on the street.
    • n snipe (See also double-snipe, half-snipe, horsefoot-snipe, jack-snipe, martin-snipe, quail-snipe, rail-snipe, robin-snipe, rock-snipe, shore-snipe, whole-snipe.)
    • snipe To hunt snipe.
    • n snipe A sharp, clever answer; a sarcasm.
    • n snipe The Lake Tahoe trout, Salmo clarkii henshawi, found in western Nevada and neighboring parts of California.
    • snipe To shoot at the enemy, or at isolated soldiers or outposts, in a casual way, as opportunity offers. See sniping.
    • snipe To shoot (one of the enemy) from ambush or in a casual way, and not in a regular battle.
    • snipe Same as nose, 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snipe snīp the name of a genus (Gallinago) and of a family (Scolopacidæ) of birds, order Grallæ, having a long straight flexible bill, frequenting marshy places all over Europe: a fool: a simpleton:
    • v.i Snipe snīp to pick off stealthily by a long rifle-shot, as from the surrounding hills into a camp, &c
    • n Snipe snīp (U.S.) a half-smoked cigar picked up on the street: a long bill or account.
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Snipe hunt - A snipe hunt is a situation in which someone is tricked into chasing after something that does not exist. The origin comes from a hazing ritual in which someone would be led into the field to catch snipe (an imaginary animal) in a sack while the other hunters pushed the snipe in that direction. The other hunters would in reality leave the hunter there and go on their way.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. snipe,; akin to D. snep, snip, LG. sneppe, snippe, G. schnepfe, Icel. snīpa,in comp.), Dan. sneppe, Sw. snäppa, a sanpiper, and possibly to E. snap,. See Snap Snaffle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. snípa; Dut. snip, snep, Ger. schnepfe.


In literature:

Fritz came, of course; and there was a little harmless sniping.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
Again I met the Snipe family in one of the foyers of the hotel.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
The battalion snipers are put in the opposite trench and told to snipe the trench opposite them.
"Letters from France" by Isaac Alexander Mack
But a biscuit tin, set on the parapet at night in a badly sniped position, is almost certain to be hit.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
The sniping had thus been stopped for the time, and the day was passed in comparative quiet.
"With the British Army in The Holy Land" by Henry Osmond Lock
We heard the crack of bullets, for the Germans were sniping us.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
It might have been snipe and it might have been bristling boars.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
Clark pushed on, met by a good deal of sniping, and had the pleasure of sending a Turkish cavalry vedette off at a hasty gallop.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
No further sniping came from this tank.
"The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's)" by Fred W. Ward
The enemy, on his part, sniped at and bombed our patrols at night.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
I don't see much prospect of my going to Cumberland this winter: though I should like to go snipe-shooting with that literary shot James Spedding.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
Wilmore, a very gallant soldier, who was sniped one day when outside his trench.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Two companies had been sent out, right and left into the bush, to keep down sniping fire, and hurry the enemy's retreat.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
Your whole present policy is one of hiding and sniping.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
But even if she is a public dancer, that snipe shouldn't have insulted her.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Took me out snipe-shooting; did you ever shoot at a snipe?
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
I know now it was one of them little snipe zipping past.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
He tells me he got with another gun, 60 couple of snipe yesterday, which is a little unsettling for me.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
Mis Betsy was a Snipes befo' she married Marse George.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Clancy sees his advantage, and raises his gun, quick as for the shooting of a snipe.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

As a little fat man of Bombay
Was smoking one very hot day,
A bird called a Snipe,
Flew away with his pipe,
Which vex'd the fat man of Bombay.
"Anecdotes and Adventures of Fifteen Gentlemen" by Anonymous British
Forget my granny who sits on t' steps
A-smokin' her owd clay pipe!
How t' years crinkle-crankle thro' her mind
As she harks t' wailin' o' t' snipe!
"Gypsy Bride" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Oh, dim and wan came in the dawn,
And gloomy closed the day;
The killdee whistled among the weeds,
The heron flapped in the river reeds,
And the snipe piped far away.
"At The Ferry" by Madison Julius Cawein
Philemon found the rede was good,
And, turning on the poor hen,
He clapt his hands, and stamped, and shooed,
Hunting the exile tow'rd the wood,
To house with snipe and moorhen.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
It is late last night the dog was speaking of you;
the snipe was speaking of you in her deep marsh.
It is you are the lonely bird through the woods;
and that you may be without a mate until you find me.
"Donal Og" by Anonymous Irish
Vain at the festive bar still lingered the people of Angels,
Hearing afar in the woods the petulant pop of the pistol;
Never again returned the Crested Jay Hawk of the mountains,
Never again was seen the Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Snipes ordered to Pa. 600 GRAND PRIZE added.
Wesley Snipes lives vicariously through a game.
trailer trash," Whitfield -- who left the series in 2011 -- sniped, before going to "kick her a--".
Juawn Snipes led the way with 15 points as Wayne Memorial notched its first boys basketball win of the season Tuesday with a 45-39 triumph over visiting White Lake Lakeland.
Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera may sometimes appear to snipe at each other on screen, but he says that when she and Cee Lo Green take a break from The Voice next season, he's really going to feel a loss.
Archer replies to 'sniping' comment.
Today, actor Wesley Snipes reports to prison to begin a three-year sentence after being convicted on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns.
In a 2008 dispute with his former talent agency, Snipes complained that actors were like "hos.".
Wesley Snipes Compares Hollywood Agents to Pimps in the Greatest Deposition Ever (Video).
Integrated Wealth Management's Jim Casey shares with us Lindsey Lohan, Wesley Snipes, and other celebs in trouble with the feds.
Jacqueline Brown, a friend of stabbing victim Winda Snipes, talks to reporters after witnessing the execution of killer Brett Hartman (AP).
Brett Hartman was convicted in the brutal 1997 murder of Winda Snipes in Akron.
How to Avoid Wesley Snipes' Tax Fate .
Fond memories of Snipe hunting.
Sniping is subdued in Western Mass.

In science:

Snipes, K., Schultz A. and Wang, J.: Designing robots for long-term social interaction. IROS 2005, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2005).
Snipes J. A., Kis B., Shelness G. S., Hewett J. A. and Busija D. W. (2005) Cloning and characterization of cyclooxygenase-1b (putative cyclooxygenase-3) in rat. J.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Network-based inference from complex proteomic mixtures using SNIPE.
MMCTest - A Safe Algorithm for Implementing Multiple Monte Carlo Tests