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  1. Dany's Avatar

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    sniping around

    Do you know this phrase? I often hear that in the US-Radio but I have no idea, what it means. Maybe a misunderstanding?

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    Re: sniping around

    It's possible that it's "slipping around," which means to do something on the sly. For example: George suspects that his girlfriend is slipping around on him. That is, he suspects his girlfriend of seeing other men.

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    Re: sniping around

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany View Post
    Do you know this phrase? I often hear that in the US-Radio but I have no idea, what it means. Maybe a misunderstanding?
    Are you sure you've heard right? You need an AmE speaker if so.

    If not, it sounds to me like a mixture of "snooping around" (making unwelcome enquiries) and "sniping" (taking shots from a place of concealment - as in "sniper fire"). Of course, there could be an AmE sense of "sniping around" meaning something like "taking shots from a place of concealment, at random and in all directions"; but if so, it'd be news to me.

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