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What is the meaning of sniped in? Can I use it in the following sentence to replace bought?

John has bought/sniped in a new BMW.

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This is general reference; see eg Auction sniping, in wikipedia, which says: "Auction sniping is the practice, in a timed online auction (such as on eBay), of placing a winning bid at the last possible moment (often seconds before the end of the auction), giving the other bidders no time to outbid the sniper." –  jwpat7 Feb 2 '12 at 6:21
    
bought is not equivalent to "sniped in". Sniped, as a slang, means to steal or take away something which belongs to someone else. I cannot find any reference where "sniped in" has been used (even as a slang). –  Incognito Feb 2 '12 at 11:42
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In relation to buying things, sniping is only relevant to online auctions sites such as eBay.

Sniping in this context is the action of placing a single bid at the last possible moment, to sneak ahead of other bidders. It is a metaphor for the action of snipers - long distance precision gunmen.

I have not heard this word used in the phrase "sniped in".

If Bob had won the BMW in an eBay auction by sniping, you might say:

Bob sniped a brand new BMW.

... but be aware that it would only be understood by people who are very familiar with online auctions.

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"Snipe" (to attack, to criticize, to hunt the birds called 'snipe') and "in" do not collocate. (they don't make a natural pair, like "worry about something", as opposed to "worry from/to/behind/in something". Snipe has nothing to do with "buy".

"John has sniped in a new BMW" means that sometime in his life, John sat in a new BMW and either attacked or criticized someone or shot birds.

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"Sniping" does have a meaning to do with buying. But only via online auction sites. –  Urbycoz Feb 2 '12 at 12:55
    
Of course. I didn't mention it because it's already been said. –  anastasia Feb 6 '12 at 8:58
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