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erase (something) from (something)

To remove something from something else in a physical way, such as wiping or rubbing, or in a virtual or figurative way. I did sign up earlier, so someone must have erased my name from the board. Please erase that data from the hard drive. This is a highly confidential matter, so please erase anything you overheard from your mind.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

erase something from something

1. . Lit. to delete or wipe something from something. Please erase the writing from the blackboard. I will erase the incorrectly spelled word from my paper.
2. Fig. to remove something from something. Erase that smile from your face! I hope you will erase that thought from your mind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


tv. to kill someone. Mr. Gutman decided who was gonna erase who.
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Type-III military destructive secure erase includes:
On a Mac laptop or desktop, Swanson says, "there's a command to securely erase the trash, and that involves just going in and erasing particular files." But there could be many older versions of that file in other locations, "so erasing a single drive is really, really hard.
Expo Dry Erase Markers from Sanford, Oak Brook, Ill., come in a wide variety of colors and styles--all with low odor ink--that are perfect for use on whiteboards, glass, and most nonporous surfaces.
"An interesting complexity is the possibility that victims, say of violence, might wish to erase the painful memory and with it their ability to give evidence against assailants."
This small, portable device attaches to a dry erase board and connects to a Mac or PC.
But the NFL has never gone back and attempted to erase the records of players who used steroids prior to the ban.
WITH the city of Liverpool becoming increasingly aware of its place in the Slave Trade, some are over-eager to erase the memory of what happened.
The tape is pulled from its cassette housing by threading guides and then wound over a series of rollers, spindles, guides, stationary erase and record heads, a pinch roller/capstan mechanism, and a helical-scan head drum.
The M25PE80 offers a thin granularity for erase and program very suitable for BIOS parameters.
As a practical matter don't run Remove Hidden Data until you're ready to publish or send the sensitive file to its intended recipient because it will permanently erase all collaboration material.
Michigan did not erase DP benefits for state employees [Letter From the Editor in Chief, January 18].
The marketing company was supposed to erase the information two months after it finished accepting the applications.
Just like erasing a magnetic hard disk does not delete all the information stored on the disk, common erasure methods for tapes do not erase all of the data on the tape.
KATE WINSLET says she would never erase any of her memories if she had the choice even the painful ones.