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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. © 2015 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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Since making Boy Erased, Joel - whose previous directing credits include The Gift and The List - has been amazed by how people have shared their experiences with him.
They constitute a poll as part of research but in no way can voters be erased in keeping with the results of this research.
Once the bit cell is programmed or erased, the bit cell current can be measured on the same pin, accurate to within a few nanoamps.
All entries were made in the Gurmukhi script and were later erased with a pen.
A prosecutor involved in the case asked the police department to submit those recordings to the court, but the police said the recordings had already been erased. When the prosecutor asked the department how they could have been erased when by law they are supposed to be kept for a specific period of time, the department said that they had been erased by members of the "parallel structure." The prosecutor, unconvinced by the police department's response, began to examine the circumstances surrounding the whereabouts of the recordings.
And if conditions were reversed and alpha-CaMKII activity was altered when the mouse was recalling that the sound signals a shock, the sound memory was erased. But the mouse still remembered to freeze when entering the chamber.
But when the show aired recently, Delyagin's seat was empty--except for his legs and one hand, where technicians hadn't digitally erased him entirely.
For devices with a single flash array, the program algorithm used to conduct the programming or erasing operations cannot be located in the same flash array that is going to be programmed or erased. Instead, the algorithm is typically executed from RAM.
Robert Rauschenberg has said of his Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953, that he initially erased his own drawings but "figured out that the erased drawing had to be from a real work of art" to have significance.
A delegation of erased' people from Slovenia is in the European Parliament on 29 November to lobby for an end to their "civil death".
It is an attempt to forget something which can never be erased - the descendants of many of those slaves walk our streets, and contribute to the life of our fair city.
However, at the start of the video overrecording, in the "pre-video erased area," the full-track erase head cannot erase the information physically located between itself and the writing video heads (see Figure 3).
In Whitewashed Adobe, William Deverell details the ways in which city leaders and city builders "whitewashed" Los Angeles's early history and created a new regional identity that all but erased Mexican history and peoples from the landscape.
Yet, as Smith points out, Robeson's contributions to the arts and to civil rights have not been ignored, forgotten, or erased. Rather they have been "reclaimed and celebrated" (and his face has even appeared on a US postal stamp).
Your MSD hard drive will be erased and the latest system software installed, meaning you'll have "lost" all those great files you loaded to the old MSD.