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sniper ‎(plural snipers)

  1. A person using long-range small arms for precise attacks from a concealed position.
  2. Any attacker using a non-contact weapon against a specific target from a concealed position.
  3. One who shoots from a concealed position.
    • 1874, Richard John Batt, The Maryland Continentals, 1780-1781:
      The British, having cleared the open field, now faced the problem of advancing through the trees into the sniper fire of several hundred Virginia militia.
  4. One who criticizes.
    • c. 1934, The Living Age, volume 351, page 30: 
      No winnable seat has been found for Mr. H. L. Nathan, a powerful recruit from the Liberal ranks, and poor Mr. Wedgwood Benn, an invaluable sniper for a party in Opposition, has been out of Parliament now since 1931.


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sniper m f (plural snipers)

  1. sniper (person using long-range small arms for precise attacks from a concealed position)