They caught Freddie swiping a bag of mints at Woolworth's.
3 swing, strike, clip:
Ronald took a swipe at the ball with his racket.
Advanced English Dictionary
verb, noun +verb 1 ~ (at) sb/sth to hit or try to hit sb/sth with your hand or an object by swinging your arm: [V] He swiped at the ball and missed. [also VN] 2[VN] (informal) to steal sth Synonym: PINCH They're always swiping other kids' sweets. 3[VN] to pass a plastic card, such as a CREDIT CARD, through a special machine that is able to read the information that is stored on it: The cash register only opens once the card has been swiped. +noun ~ (at sb/sth) (informal) 1 an act of hitting or trying to hit sb/sth by swinging your arm or sth that you are holding: She took a swipe at him with her umbrella. 2 an act of criticizing sb/sth: He used the interview to take a swipe at his critics.
Collocation Dictionary noun
good | playful | side
VERB + SWIPE
She took a playful swipe at her brother.
The article takes a side swipe at the teachers.
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