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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from sweep

swipe

1 verb
     
swipe1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to hit or to try to hit someone or something by swinging your arm or an object very quickly:
She swiped me across the face.
swipe at
He jumped forward, intending to swipe at her.
2 [transitive] informal to steal something [= pinch British English]
The photos were probably swiped by an employee.
3 [transitive]TD to pull a plastic card through a machine that can read the electronic information on it:
Swipe your card to open the door.
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