Sniping

Definitions

  • Dressed snipe walking away with pipe
    Dressed snipe walking away with pipe
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sniping the foregoing practice
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes Cover of Phil May's Gutter-Snipes

Idioms

Snipe hunt - A snipe hunt is a situation in which someone is tricked into chasing after something that does not exist. The origin comes from a hazing ritual in which someone would be led into the field to catch snipe (an imaginary animal) in a sack while the other hunters pushed the snipe in that direction. The other hunters would in reality leave the hunter there and go on their way.
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Usage

In literature:

I cannot understand why we were not sniped; logically we ought to have been; but, fortunately, the enemy were not logical on this occasion.
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
In the neighbourhood there is very good snipe-shooting in spring and autumn.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
It is, she says, a noble expanse, which, about a hundred years ago, was a wild swampy jungle, famous only for snipe-shooting.
"The Story of Ida Pfeiffer and Her Travels in Many Lands" by Anonymous
I suppose you do not have the snipe in the North.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
He told me that the relief party had been sniped at every step of the way to the gun.
"S.O.S. Stand to!" by Reginald Grant
Snipe are dressed in the same manner, but require less time to cook.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882" by Various
The German here really snipes much more with his field gun than with his rifle.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
Meanwhile, they were on one side of the street and the Germans on the other, hugging debris and sniping at one another.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
No, he is a street snipe who will steal a pocketbook and call it a crime.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Then again we were called "Sniping Bands" and "Brigands.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
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In poetry:

As a little fat man of Bombay
Was smoking one very hot day,
A bird called a Snipe,
Flew away with his pipe,
Which vex'd the fat man of Bombay.
"Anecdotes and Adventures of Fifteen Gentlemen" by Anonymous British
Forget my granny who sits on t' steps
A-smokin' her owd clay pipe!
How t' years crinkle-crankle thro' her mind
As she harks t' wailin' o' t' snipe!
"Gypsy Bride" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Thar woz a snipe--like you, a fancy tourist--
Kem to that ranch ez if to make a stay,
Ran off the gal, and ruined jist the purist
Critter that lived--
"An Idyl Of The Road" by Francis Bret Harte
Oh, dim and wan came in the dawn,
And gloomy closed the day;
The killdee whistled among the weeds,
The heron flapped in the river reeds,
And the snipe piped far away.
"At The Ferry" by Madison Julius Cawein
It is late last night the dog was speaking of you;
the snipe was speaking of you in her deep marsh.
It is you are the lonely bird through the woods;
and that you may be without a mate until you find me.
"Donal Og" by Anonymous Irish
Then rose a pallid man--a man sick with fever and ague;
Small was he, and his step was tremulous, weak, and uncertain;
Slowly a Derringer drew, and covered the person of Thompson;
Said in his feeblest pipe, "I'm a Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Sniping from within GOP adds to Romney's struggles.
Sniping from GOP adds to Romney's struggles.
Another ad, more sniping .
Medicare sniping puts new charge in political third rail.
Money pledge starts political sniping between Lampson, Weber.
Real foreign-trade issues ignored in rivals' sniping .
Romney, Obama Keep Up Campaign Sniping Attacks.
Romney, Obama Keep Up Sniping Attacks Against Each Other.
Jones' resignation doesn't stop the sniping .
Steyr's SSG-08.338 LM Sniping Rifle is the tool of choice for counterterror and other special ops units.
Sniping begins in Halvorson-Jackson primary fight.
Prison Boxing Drama Directed by: Walter Hill Starring: Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk.
"Wait till you hear this nut job," one of them sniped as she walked by.
Apparently the answer is yes, as weird sniping breaks out over tiny issues all day long.
Snipe can be a bit selective of people and other animals but he is a faithful and protective companion.
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In science:

Snipes, K., Schultz A. and Wang, J.: Designing robots for long-term social interaction. IROS 2005, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2005).
FuturICT
Snipes J. A., Kis B., Shelness G. S., Hewett J. A. and Busija D. W. (2005) Cloning and characterization of cyclooxygenase-1b (putative cyclooxygenase-3) in rat. J.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Network-based inference from complex proteomic mixtures using SNIPE.
MMCTest - A Safe Algorithm for Implementing Multiple Monte Carlo Tests
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