be blown out of the water

be blown out of the water

If something is blown out of the water, it is destroyed completely and suddenly. The whole idea of regional government has been blown out of the water by this vote. France's hopes of staying in the World Cup have been blown out of the water with this defeat. Note: The image here is of a ship which is completely destroyed by a missile or torpedo.
See also: blown, of, out, water

be blown out of the water

(of a person, idea, or project) be shown to lack credibility or viability.
1997 Daily Mail Things finally seem to be looking up for Kelly—which is more than can be said for Biff, whose romantic plans are blown out of the water by Linda.
See also: blown, of, out, water