swipe at (someone or something)

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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 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.
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However, as this practice of swiping at a shopkeepers POS or cash register for the second time provides access to all payment card data, including sensitive information such as security code and personal data encoded on the magnetic stripe, it can effectively lead to card data compromise.
Despite the decrease, card swiping at clothing, shoes, and accessories stores was the third most common card transaction, accounting for 9.5 per cent of all transactions, followed by card swipes at restaurants, bars and the catering sectors which accounted for 6.57 per cent of the October transactions.