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snipe hunt

1. A practical joke in which the victim is sent on a hunt for a fictitious animal called a snipe. When I was in the Cub Scouts, the youngest members were always sent out on a snipe hunt by the counselors on the night of our first big campout.
2. By extension, any hunt, search, or quest for something that is fictitious, non-existent, elusive, or illusory. The president has pledged to make universal healthcare a reality, but I think he's really just on a snipe hunt.
See also: hunt, snipe

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.
See also: snipe


n. a cigarette or cigar butt. Down on skid row, a snipe won’t be on the sidewalk for ten seconds.
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Corporal, afterwards, Lieutenant, Christie, of the PPCLI, was one of the individual pioneers of sniping.
The problem with all the classic rifle calibres for sniping nowadays is lack of range.
The problem for accurate, long-range sniping becomes accounting for such esoteric factors as atmospheric pressure, and the curvature and speed of rotation of the earth.
Initially, sniping began manually among auction enthusiasts who kept multiple browser windows running with timing mechanisms set to snipe at the last possible moment.
9, and follow instructions to ensure that they are properly registered for the evening's free sniping.
com is an online auction sniping service exclusively for eBay auction users.
This method of last second bidding is called sniping," says Warren Wiens, esnipe.
I had been sniping auctions the old fashioned way and an automated process sounded like a good idea," Wiens said.