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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swipe strike with a swiping motion
    • v swipe make off with belongings of others
    • n swipe a sweeping stroke or blow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swipe A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club. "Swipes in cricket] over the blower's head, and over either of the long fields."
    • Swipe A swape or sweep. See Sweep.
    • Swipe Poor, weak beer; small beer.
    • Swipe To give a swipe to; to strike forcibly with a sweeping motion, as a ball. "Loose balls may be swiped almost ad libitum."
    • Swipe To pluck; to snatch; to steal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swipe To strike with a long or wide sweeping blow; deliver a hard blow or stroke with the full swing of the arms; strike or drive with great force.
    • swipe To drink, or drink off, hastily.
    • n swipe Same as sweep, 10.
    • n swipe A hard blow; a stroke with the full swing of the arms, as in cricket or golf.
    • swipe To snatch; steal by snatching; steal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swipe swīp a hard blow
    • v.t Swipe to give a strong blow to: to steal by snatching
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sweep Swiple


In literature:

Still, how was he to know they were going to swipe his idea?
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I swiped some, that last time I was there.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Why swipe the property of others?
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
With a single swipe of his sword Ket Bogha cut off the foreleg of a horse that rode at him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Sit down, or I'll fetch you a swipe with the broom.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
With one swipe of his hand, they all lay down in place.
" Collection" by Daniel Errico
Just like 'em to be swiping a new war machine; but hadn't they gotten enough in 1944?
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Two-three fellers took swipes at me with bottles and things.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
You want me to take this ship to earth and swipe you a high dragon bump.
"High Dragon Bump" by Don Thompson
Davidge swiped at it wildly, smacked it, and knocked it out of bounds beyond the deck.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
They call us rustlers, and come ridin' up to swipe us out.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Swiping a shipment of odd animals and selling them to Yaco, that could be Bad News, in character.
"Lion Loose" by James H. Schmitz
That they're invading the country to swipe the goats and violate the women.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
He aimed a swipe at me with the wet dish cloth that caught me across the eyes.
"Gold" by Stewart White
He'll be swiping, round at The Sun.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Do you really think that Hi would stoop so low as to swipe 'Is Lawdship's cuff-buttons?
"The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons" by James Francis Thierry
The American reeled under the terrific swipe.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
This, he doubtless argued, would impress the new "swipe" with a sense of his (Porter's) popularity.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
And it wa'n't no common "Oh, I wish I could swipe that" look, either.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
If you had a mouthful of water, it was generally mere swipes.
"The Pond" by Carl Ewald

In poetry:

At five, as well may be believed,
I was a little tough;
For by that then I 'ad conceived
A cravin' for the stuff.
I swiped it from each neighbor's door,
An' roamed the district seekin' more.
"The Demon Milk" by C J Dennis
Far in the chest I gets that swipe,
An' crumbles in a heap.
An' starts to think the time is ripe
To 'ave a long, deep sleep.
"You are intensely rude," I said -
An' so they leaves there for dead.
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis
The tinchel closes. Terror, & plunging, swipes.
I lay my ears back. I am about to die.
My cleft feet drum.
Fierce, the two-footers club. My green world pipes
a finish—for us all, my love, not some.
Crumpling, I—why,—
"Dream Song 56: Hell is empty. O that has come to pass" by John Berryman
Out on the margin of Moonshine Land,
Tickle me, Love, in these Lonesome Ribs!
Out where the Whing-Whang loves to stand,
Writing his name with his tail in the sand,
And swiping it out with his oogerish hand;
Tickle me, Love, in these Lonesome Ribs!
"The Lugubrious Whing-Whang" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

What Happens After the Swipe.
NRF Says Swipe Reform Saving Retailers, Customers Up to $18 Million a Day.
Merchants Step Up Efforts to Derail Swipe-Fee Settlement.
A Minnesota man was recently busted for swiping some $25,000 of Tide over a 15-month period.
When it comes to shoplifting there are the usual suspects: thieves who swipe designer clothing, candy, maybe even some expensive electronics here and there.
NEW YORK — A Transportation Security Administration screener has been arrested on charges he swiped iPads and other electronic devices from passengers' luggage at John F Kennedy Airport.
(International sales: Swipe Films, London.
The X Factor leaderboard was swiped clean, giving the Top 12 a fresh start for Wednesday night for this week's theme: Divas .
Man swiped ex's engagement ring at Thanksgiving, gave it to his wife.
On the other side of the world, a young girl is also swiping those screens.
On the Senate floor today, Kirsten Gillibrand took a little swipe at her Republican colleague from Arizona, Jon Kyl.
New Prince George's law takes a swipe at feral cat population.
Vickerson's $15,000 fine was for a horse collar tackle that he insists was more of a swipe.
Swipe card fee cap doesn't go far enough.
These leaves all your fingers free to text or swipe.

In science:

The degrees of freedom swiped by the light sheet are then bounded by the area of the horizon AH /4.
Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity
Martha Stewart, in a Christmas message posted on her personal Web site, called for sentencing reform and took a swipe at the ”bad food” in prison.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
The reason we believe is that data in this scientific application is more uniformly interesting: a typical job swipes a significant part of the data space (and hence file set) in search of particular physics events.
Small-World File-Sharing Communities