Definition of sideswipe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪdswʌɪp/


1A passing critical remark about someone or something: the book was chiefly an attack on the literary work of Rossetti, but it also took a few sideswipes at Swinburne
More example sentences
  • Earby's parish council clerk for the past 10 years has stepped down with a tear in her eye and a sideswipe at those too quick to criticise the best efforts of their hard working local representatives.
  • It's so true to the scene that it almost feels like a documentary and comes devoid of moralistic sideswipes: there are no evil dealers or manipulative promoters, no troublemakers showing up with guns or deaths from overdoses.
  • But there are few if any satirical sideswipes or caustic commentaries on the people living day to day in his fiction.
2chiefly North American A glancing blow from or on the side of something, especially a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • And there's now new research offering ways to prevent head injury, especially from 4-wheel-drives, which can be even more hazardous in sideswipes.
  • I could understand how a sideswipe might do that, but I am just trying to understand how a collision of the kind that occurred would do that.


[with object] chiefly North American
Strike with a glancing blow: Curtis jerked the wheel hard over and sideswiped the other car
More example sentences
  • I saw only the aftermath, but witnesses said the driver swerved in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid striking a black Acura (in the foreground, above) and after sideswiping the car veered left across opposing lanes, flipping on its side.
  • On a suburban street where drifts of red and gold leaves line the green lawns, a car is lurching perilously - nearly missing a boy on a bike, sideswiping another car.
  • Thankfully, she'd parked in his wide driveway so no one would have to worry about a plow sideswiping her car during the night.

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