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wipe someone out
1. Sl. to kill someone. Max intended to wipe Lefty's gang out. Lefty wiped out Max's gang.
2. . Sl to exhaust or debilitate someone. The long walk wiped me out. The trip wiped out the hikers.
3. . Inf. to ruin someone financially. The loss of my job wiped us out. The storm ruined the corn crop and wiped out everyone in the county.
wipe something out
Sl. to use up all of something. I wiped the cookies out—not all at once, of course. Who wiped out the strawberry preserves?
1. Inf. to crash. I wiped out on the curve. The car wiped out on the curve.
2. . Inf. to fall off or away from something, such as a bicycle, skates, a surfboard, a skateboard, etc. I wiped out and skinned my knee. If I wipe out again, my mother says I'm through.
3. Inf. to fail badly. The test was terrible! I'm sure I wiped out. It was a bad test. I wiped out for sure.
1. Destroy, as in The large chains are wiping out the independent bookstores. Originally put simply as wipe, the idiom acquired out in the first half of the 1800s.
2. Kill; also, murder. For example, The entire crew was wiped out in the plane crash, or The gangsters threatened to wipe him and his family out. [Late 1800s]
1. To destroy something completely; obliterate something: A mudslide wiped out the road to the village. Another strong wind could wipe the damaged building out completely.
2. To kill someone or something, especially a group or part of a group: The invaders wiped out the entire population of the countryside. This disease could wipe many of the villagers out.
3. To exhaust the strength or energy of someone; wear someone out: The hike up the mountain wiped us out. The long practice wiped out the whole football team.
4. To reduce some value or amount to zero or nothing: The reckless spending wiped out the budget surplus. The company's renewed sales wiped their debts out completely.
5. To reduce someone to poverty or bankruptcy: A bad harvest wiped out the remaining farms. My travel expenses are going to wipe me out.
6. To invalidate or nullify something: A grand slam wiped out six innings of flawless pitching. A silly remark wiped the politician's reputation out completely.
7. To erase data from some computer storage device: The program wipes out the old data before writing the new data. Reformatting a disk will wipe it out.
8. To lose one's balance and fall, as when skiing or surfing: At the top of the hill, I wiped out and nearly hit another skier.
1. in. to crash. The car wiped out on the curve.
2. in. to fall off or away from something, such as a bicycle, skates, a surfboard, a skateboard, etc. I wiped out and skinned my knee.
3. (ˈwɑɪpɑʊt) n. a wreck. (Usually wipe-out.) There was a four-car wipe-out on the expressway when I came in this morning.
4. n. an accident on a bicycle, skates, surfboard, skateboard, etc. (Usually wipe-out.) I had a nasty wipe-out, but I only bruised my elbow.
5. n. a loser; someone who is likely to wipe out. (Usually wipe-out.) The guy’s a wipe-out, for sure.