from the face of the earth

from the face of the earth

1. Completely gone; vanished without a trace. Jen was the biggest social butterfly I knew, but then one day it seemed like she just disappeared from the face of the earth.
2. Totally eradicated; destroyed with nothing remaining. I've vowed to wipe these terrorist scumbags from the face of the earth.
See also: earth, face, of
References in classic literature ?
The man who wrote that word upon the wall disappeared from the midst of the generations of man many centuries ago; the word, in its turn, has been effaced from the wall of the church; the church will, perhaps, itself soon disappear from the face of the earth.
Such was the man who looked after the anchors of a less than five-hundred-ton barque, my first command, now gone from the face of the earth, but sure of a tenderly remembered existence as long as I live.
See here," continued he, drawing forth a small bottle and holding it before their eyes, "in this bottle I hold the small-pox, safely corked up; I have but to draw the cork, and let loose the pestilence, to sweep man, woman, and child from the face of the earth.
When a species has once disappeared from the face of the earth, we have reason to believe that the same identical form never reappears.
As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.
Here is an astounding and absolutely inexplicable murder, committed in a most dastardly fashion by a person who appears to have vanished from the face of the earth.
Among the talkers, was Stryver, of the King's Bench Bar, far on his way to state promotion, and, therefore, loud on the theme: broaching to Monseigneur, his devices for blowing the people up and exterminating them from the face of the earth, and doing without them: and for accomplishing many similar objects akin in their nature to the abolition of eagles by sprinkling salt on the tails of the race.
But, on the other hand, when listening to the rattling noise of these torrents, and calling to mind that whole races of animals have passed away from the face of the earth, and that during this whole period, night and day, these stones have gone rattling onwards in their course, I have thought to myself, can any mountains, any continent, withstand such waste?
I wish I could annihilate it from the face of the earth.
Another message was posted- "If you continue killing our children, Slavs, know that we will erase you from the face of the earth .
Most hardcore fans must be puffers remembering the halcyon days before they were banished from the face of the earth.
A considerable time has elapsed and various life-forms have come and gone from the face of the Earth and was it global warming that caused their extinction and where were the scaremongers of the time?
Given that the President of Iran has vowed to exterminate all Jews and to wipe Israel from the face of the earth how does your scribe and CND intend to face up to the desperate threat facing the world?
HISTORY is written by the victors but a campaign is under way to stop miners disappearing from the face of the earth.
ANAHEIM - It was gone, vanished from the face of the Earth, soon to be appearing on milk cartons and the subject of a frantic search.