off the face of the earth

off 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 dropped off the face of the earth.
2. Totally eradicated; destroyed with nothing remaining. I've vowed to wipe these terrorist scumbags off the face of the earth.
See also: earth, face, of, off
References in classic literature ?
The office will have vanished off the face of the earth.
At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, "Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God's good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth.
We've a small army looking for the fellow, but it does seem as though he had disappeared off the face of the earth.
Mark were brought to Venice, the city could never rise to high distinction among the nations; that the body must be captured, brought to the city, and a magnificent church built over it; and that if ever the Venetians allowed the Saint to be removed from his new resting-place, in that day Venice would perish from off the face of the earth.
I say, sweep it off the face of the earth and begin afresh.
You were to have no capital punishment, but were first to sweep off the face of the earth all legislators, jurists, and judges, who were of the contrary opinion.
Well, it's up to you to say what you will do," said he; "for my part I have a score to settle with these monkey-folk, and if it ends by wiping them off the face of the earth I don't see that the earth need fret about it.
I have sometimes asked myself how it was that these communities were not utterly swept off the face of the earth, and how they could possibly survive.
They left their horses, loaded and tied, and just disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving neither hide nor hair behind them.
The problem with Cork is that when things start to go awry, they really fall off the face of the earth and they've lacked the leadership to turn things around.
Novelist Geoff Berner has been tasked with writing a biography of DD, a mysterious, charismatic, chimerical musician who has, it seems, dropped off the face of the earth.
I don't want to be a person who won an Oscar and then disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Winslet shared, "I don't want to be a person who won an Oscar and then disappeared off the face of the Earth.
VC joined other dubious characters in undermining the NUs-effectively wiping them off the face of the earth.
Shaked, however, insisted that the campaign has "no interest in promoting human rights, but in wiping the Jewish nation off the face of the Earth.