from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An indirect censure.
  • n. In railroading, a term used to describe a collision between trains in which one train meets another at a slight angle, as in crossing a switch, and slides or scrapes past it, doing damage to the sides of the cars, but not necessarily producing a disastrous wreck.


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  • Mr. Welles had the impression that a "side-wipe" had been exchanged in which he had not shared.

    The Brimming Cup

  • Gardner picked up a piece of iron and gave him a side-wipe above the ear that brought him to terms.

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

  • "Some day," she said, "a big comet will hit this law-ridden, man-regulated earth -- or the earth will slip a cog and go wabbling out of its orbit into interstellar space and side-wipe another planet -- or it will ultimately freeze up like the moon.

    The Common Law


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