from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To strike along the side in passing.
  • noun A glancing blow on or along the side.
  • noun An incidental critical remark; a gibe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A blow with the side of something, such as the side of car that is changing lanes incautiously.
  • noun A catty or sarcastic remark.
  • verb To give a blow with the side, as to strike with the side of a car when turning.

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

  • verb strike from the side
  • noun a glancing blow from or on the side of something (especially motor vehicles)


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