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noun (plural: or snipes)
  1. Any of various limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
  2. A fool; a blockhead.
  3. A shot from a concealed place.
  4. (italbrac, naval slang) A member of the Engineering Department on a ship.
  5. A bottle of wine containing 0.1875 liters of fluid, 1/4 the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo.
verb (snipes, sniping, sniped)
  1. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  2. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
  3. To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.
Etymology: The verb, i.e. its original meaning "to sharpshoot", was first used by British troops in India in the 18th century in allusion to their hunting snipe as game.


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