swipe


swipe
swipe (n.) 1807, "a driving stroke made with the arms in full swing," perhaps a dialectal variant of sweep, or in part from obsolete swip "a stroke, blow" (c.1200), from P.Gmc. *swip-, related to O.E. swipu "a stick, whip." Other possible sources or influences are M.E. swope "to sweep with broad movements" (in ref. to brooms, swords, etc.), from O.E. swapan; obsolete swaip "stroke, blow;" or obsolete swape "oar, pole." The verb is from 1825. The slang sense of "steal, pilfer" appeared 1889, Amer.Eng., said originally to be theatrical jargon for performers stealing jokes or stage routines from one another. Meaning "run a credit card" is 1990s.

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  • Swipe — Swipe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swiped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swiping}.] 1. To give a swipe to; to strike forcibly with a sweeping motion, as a ball. [1913 Webster] Loose balls may be swiped almost ad libitum. R. A. Proctor. [1913 Webster] 2. To pluck;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • swipe — informal ► VERB 1) hit or try to hit with a swinging blow. 2) steal. 3) pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader. ► NOUN 1) a sweeping blow. 2) an attack or criticism. ORIGIN perhaps a variant …   English terms dictionary

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