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swipe at (someone or something)

To try to hit someone or something with a wide, arcing blow or stroke. It has me worried the way their toddler swipes at anyone who tries to approach him to say hello. The drunkard swiped at the security guard and collapsed in a heap on the pavement. He sat swiping at the golf ball for nearly five minutes before he finally hit it.
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swipe left

1. slang To decline or reject someone or something in an app. The phrase was popularized by the dating app Tinder, in which users "swipe left" on the screen to reject a potential mate. That girl is pretty—I'm only swiping left because I'm not into blondes. Ugh, this guy's has no sense of humor—swipe left! I keep swiping left because these dresses are all hideous.
2. slang By extension, to reject or decline something. Studying instead of a night out? Definitely swiping left on that.
See also: left, swipe

swipe right

1. slang To show interest in or approval of someone or something in an app. The phrase was popularized by the dating app Tinder, in which users "swipe right" on the screen to indicate interest in a potential mate. That girl is gorgeous, I'm definitely swiping right. Ooh, this guy's funny—swipe right! I keep swiping right because these dresses are all gorgeous.
2. slang By extension, to accept, agree with, or show enthusiasm for something. A night out instead of studying? I'm swiping right on that.
See also: right, swipe

take a swipe at (someone or something)

To attempt to hit someone or something with one's fist or an instrument in a broad, sweeping stroke. Bill didn't hear me coming up behind him, and he took a swipe at me when I touched his shoulder. Their toddler is going through a phase of taking swipes at anyone who goes near him. He stood taking swipes at the golf ball for nearly five minutes before he finally hit it.
See also: swipe, take

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.
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"Think of it as your personal Swipe Right concierge - available 24/7 - bringing all of your pending matches to you," Tinder said (http://blog.gotinder.com/introducing-tinder-gold-a-first-class-swipe-experience/) on its blog post.
If you have to swipe the screen to get to widgets, it doesn't really make sense.
If the swipes do find nuclear residue, Iran will be indicted for lying repeatedly by saying it did no nuclear work at the site.
The second feature wants to put at end to that excruciating face-palm moment when you accidentally swipe left (dismiss) a hottie and spend the rest of the day ruing your hasty mistake.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-February 20, 2013--Merchants group blame Visa, MasterCard "price-fixing" for high swipe fees(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com
Meanwhile, there was an 11 per cent increase in card transactions abroad for sales and cash withdrawals with the total worth of card swipes coming to e1/4125.2 million, JCC said.
PRINCE Edward appeared to lose his temper with an unruly gundog yesterday - apparently taking a swipe at it with his walking stick.
ABC cut out swipes on dramas, movies and newsshows after some execs at the net noted how distracting they had become.
When the electron beam travels across the surface of a metal, a swipe, or tiny pool of molten metal in a track, is produced.
He added that if a passenger swipes early, than the inspectors cannot determine between somebody who is cheating and someone paying the fare legally.
Numerous bacteria contaminated plates were prepared throughout the summer - all in the same manner - so each type of bacteria could be tested with five different types of wipes and then again with varying amounts of swipes - one swipe, three swipes and five swipes.
Passengers who board on buses in Taipei City and New Taipei City must swipe their cards both when getting on and getting off public buses starting today (July 1), announced the Taipei Public Transportation Office on June 6.
Once turned on, you just have to swipe up from the bottom to return to the Home screen, swipe inward from the left or right edges to go back, or swipe up and hold to access Recent Apps.