from the face of the earth

from the face of the earth

1. Of something that disappears, completely or 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. Of something that is eradicated, completely or with nothing remaining. I've vowed to wipe these terrorist scumbags from the face of the earth.
See also: earth, face, of
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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.
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?
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.
Considering that Rome eventually wiped Carthage from the face of the earth in a genocide of mass proportions, one has to read their characterization of Hannibal with a grain of salt.
He sees America and the other Western nations as erasing themselves from the face of the earth by a failure to multiply, leaving the planet under the control of fecund, illiberal, anti-American Third Worlders.
Well, it is evident that nothing we actually know about has completely disappeared from the face of the earth.
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