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take a swipe at someone or something

 
1. Sl. to hit at someone or something. Max took a swipe at the cop by mistake. Lefty took a swipe at the punching bagand missed.
2. Sl. to have a try at someone or something. I think I can persuade him. I'll take a swipe at him and see. I will probably fail, but I'll take a swipe at it.
See also: swipe, take

swipe at

v.
1. To attempt to hit someone or something with a sweeping stroke: The cat swiped at the string. The hockey player swiped at the puck.
2. To attack someone verbally; criticize someone sharply: The candidate took every opportunity to swipe at her opponent.
See also: swipe

swipe

1. tv. to drink liquor rapidly and to excess; to bolt a drink of liquor. Fred sat at the bar and swiped two gins and ate an egg.
2. n. moonshine; inferior liquor. I can’t stand the swipe they serve here.
3. tv. to steal something. Bart swiped a pack of cigarettes from the counter.
4. n. a blow or an act of striking someone or something. (see also take a swipe at someone/something.) The cat gave the mouse a swipe with its paw.

take a swipe at someone/something

1. tv. to hit at someone or something. Max took a swipe at the cop by mistake.
2. tv. to have a try at someone or something. I will probably fail, but I’ll take a swipe at it.
See also: swipe, take
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TouchPal Tablet Keyboard offers both swiping and typing input methods, so you can start a sentence by swiping and finish by typing.
Use Gestures to Resize and Split the Keyboard: Use simple swiping gestures to split the keyboard in landscape mode.
The BioLock/SmartScan, developed by the combined engineering expertise of Sequiam Biometrics and Kwikset, has resulted in the first truly innovative biometric deadbolt lock for broad consumer use that eliminates the need for keys - allowing homeowners to unlock their doors by simply swiping their finger across a tiny fingerprint sensor.
Enrolling involves simply swiping a finger three times across the sensor.
Office staff use it by swiping an insurance card containing a magnetic strip or by keying in the patient's identification number from a traditional insurance card, and entering only a few key data requirements.
Office staff use the Companion Direct Point of Care system by swiping an insurance card containing a magnetic strip or by keying in the patient's identification number from a traditional insurance card, and entering only a few key data requirements.
Multi-finger speed dialing of favorite numbers - instantly dials up to 10 numbers by swiping a different finger across the sensor.
By swiping a finger multiple times, the user trains the device typically under 60 seconds.
Located in each of the hotels' lobbies, and similar to airline kiosks, the kiosk allows guests to check-in and out of the hotel by simply swiping their credit card, eliminating the need to go to the front desk.
By deploying the IntelliPIN at the point of service, financial institutions and businesses simplify, protect, and speed transactions that require PIN entry and/or card swiping, while enhancing back-office automation and efficiency.
By eliminating manual swiping by operators, the new Motorized IntelliCoder sharply increases precision and reliability in the encoding process.