1. A sweeping blow or stroke.
2. The passing of a swipe card through an electronic reader.
3. Informal A critical remark.
4. A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
v. swiped, swip·ing, swipes
1. To hit with a sweeping motion.
2. To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
3. Informal To steal; filch. See Synonyms at steal.
To make a sweeping stroke.
[Perhaps variant of SWEEP.]
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