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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweeping blow or stroke.
  • n. Informal A critical remark.
  • n. A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
  • transitive v. To hit with a sweeping motion.
  • transitive v. To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
  • transitive v. Informal To steal; filch. See Synonyms at steal.
  • intransitive v. To make a sweeping stroke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To steal or snatch.
  • v. To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
  • v. To grab or bat quickly.
  • n. A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  • n. A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • n. A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
  • n. Poor, weak beer; small beer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swape or sweep. See sweep.
  • n. A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • n. Poor, weak beer; small beer.
  • transitive v. To give a swipe to; to strike forcibly with a sweeping motion, as a ball.
  • transitive v. To pluck; to snatch; to steal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike with a long or wide sweeping blow; deliver a hard blow or stroke with the full swing of the arms; strike or drive with great force.
  • To drink, or drink off, hastily.
  • To snatch; steal by snatching; steal.
  • n. Same as sweep, 10.
  • n. A hard blow; a stroke with the full swing of the arms, as in cricket or golf.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sweeping stroke or blow
  • v. strike with a swiping motion
  • v. make off with belongings of others

Etymologies

Perhaps variant of sweep.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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