“Give it another swipe?”

English Lesson: Give it another swipe?

A customer at the store you work at is paying with a credit card. The credit card doesn't work the first time she tries it, so you ask her to try again.

Give it another swipe?

swipe (a card)

To "swipe" means to make a sliding motion. When you "swipe" a credit card, debit card, or some other kind of card, you slide the card through a machine that reads the information on it.

There are also other machines that you "dip" a card into. This is the type that you put your card into and then pull it back out.

give (something) a (verb)

You can take a verb like one of these:

  • call (someone)
  • push (something)
  • try (something)

...and make it into an expression with "give ___ a ___":

Give me a call when you get in.

Give it a push.

Go ahead and give it a try.

This means to try to do something. It sounds friendly and casual.

You can't do this with verbs that don't have objects, though, like these:

  • wait
  • run
  • smile


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