One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘without warning his right hand swiped at her mouth’
strike, swing, hit, slap, cuff, lash out
belt, wallop, sock, biff, clout
2‘they're always swiping sweets from the other kids’
steal, thieve, take, pilfer, purloin, snatch, help oneself to, appropriate, abstract, shoplift
filch, lift, snaffle, rob, nab
British nick, pinch, whip, half-inch, blag
North American glom
1‘she took a playful swipe at his face’
strike, stroke, swing, hit, slap, brush, cuff, clip
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