wipe off the face of the earth

wipe someone or something off the face of the earth

Fig. to demolish every trace of someone or something. A great storm will come and wipe all the people off the face of the earth. The wind blew my old barn off the face of the earth! Nothing was left.
See also: earth, face, of, off, wipe
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30pm Frank Skinner (left) referees as Lauren Laverne, David O'Doherty and Larry Lamb argue about what pet hates they want to wipe off the face of the Earth.
As Philip closes in, the action moves from Australia to America, but he's in danger of becoming psychologically poisoned by the same vile crimes that he's attempting to wipe off the face of the Earth.