swipe /ˈswaɪp/  verb

  • 1 : to reach toward and try to hit (something) with a swinging motion

    [+ object]

    • The cat swiped the dog across the nose.

    — usually + at

    • The cat swiped at the dog.

    2 [+ object] informal : to steal (something)

    • They swiped some candy from the store.
    • She swiped my idea.

    3 [+ object] : to pass (a credit card, ATM card, etc.) through a machine that reads information from it

    • The cashier swiped the credit card and gave it back to me.