"I think Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton will be sniping at each other by spring," predicts Valliere.


I looked them up here but still couldn't understand them.

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Did you get the impression that by spring is an idiom or fixed expression? Actually it's just the words by and spring. So we have three words here that are confusing you: sniping (present participle of the verb to snipe), by and spring.

To snipe means:

  • “To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.”

By means:

  • “At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.”

And spring is:

  • One of the four seasons of the year. It follows winter and precedes summer.
  • Sniping is also what a sniper does; Chambers has "To shoot at individuals from a position of (usu distant) cover; To attack or criticize, esp from a position of security (figurative; often with at)"
    – Thruston
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:04

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