ETYM Cf. Sweep.
1. A sweeping stroke or blow.
2. A sharp often critical remark.
1. To strike with a swiping motion.
2. To strike or wipe with a sweeping motion
3. Steal, pilfer
4. To slide (a card with a magnetic strip or bar code) through a slot in a reading device so that information stored on the strip can be processed (as in making a purchase)