snipe at


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snipe at (someone or something)

1. To shoot at someone or something from a concealed or distant position. We should avoid the main streets, as it will give the insurgents too much opportunity to snipe at us from the high buildings. I was able to snipe at the convoy from nearly 3,000 meters away.
2. To direct snide, petulant, or malicious criticisms toward someone or something. He's so two-faced, acting all buddy-buddy with people in the office and then sniping at them when they're out of earshot. You ought to offer some practical solutions, rather than spending the entire meeting just sniping at our proposals.
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snipe at someone or something

 
1. Lit. to fire a weapon at someone or something from a concealed position. Someone with a rifle sniped at the troops as they went through the jungle. A rifleman was busy sniping at the platoon.
2. Fig. to make petty complaints attacking someone or something. Stop sniping at me and everything I do. Ken is always sniping at my reports.
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