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1. pl. snipe or snipes Any of various long-billed shorebirds of the family Scolopacidae, especially the widely distributed species Gallinago gallinago.
2. A shot, especially a gunshot, from a concealed place.
intr.v. sniped, snip·ing, snipes
1. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
2. To shoot snipe.
3. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.

[Middle English, probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in mȳrisnīpa, marsh snipe).]


1. (Military)
a. the action of attacking a person or persons with a rifle from a place of concealment
b. (as modifier): a sniping incident.
2. the act of adversely criticizing a person or persons from a position of security
3. (Hunting) the activity of hunting or shooting snipe
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Sniping in the Trenches: World War I and the Birth of Modern Sniping," by Major John L.
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There were no hard and fast rules as regards sniping, and although we had one recognised company sniper any man could go sniping if he wished to.
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