English version

a glancing blow

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha glancing blowa glancing blowa hit that partly misses so that it does not have its full force glancing
Examples from the Corpus
a glancing blowHe was standing on a piling at the ferry slip in Brooklyn when the ferry hit it a glancing blow.Gorbad bellowed in agony and swung Morgor wildly, catching Adolphus a glancing blow across the temple.Tom struck his head a glancing blow, and blood came.Police believe Tony was struck a glancing blow by the wing mirror of a transit-type van.As Pegasus fought clear, I smelled smoke and felt a glancing blow which whirled me backwards and away.It leapt forward as Delaney cried out and struck it a glancing blow with the torch.
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