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." – James Waldby - 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

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.


"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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