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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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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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"If there's a bug or an error in the software that runs inside your drive, you may tell it to erase the drive, it may tell you that it did that successfully, and if you go back and look for that data, you won't find any--but that data can actually still be there."
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.
Simultaneously with the erase function, the helical-scan video heads start recording any new video being provided to the recorder; additionally, units with helical-scan high-fidelity (hi-fi) audio heads start recording any new audio.
Simultaneously with the erase, video record, and hi-fi audio record functions, the linear audio head starts recording any new audio being provided to the recorder.
As you can see from the screenshot below, its File Cleaner Wizard safely walks you through the steps to erase files.
Uses a wand of controlled light to remove outer layers of the skin, tighten loose skin, and erase wrinkles, skin folds, and brown spots, Cost: $1,300-$2,800
Similarly, the physical act of a computer-related crime, actus reus, may be demonstrated best by an electronic impulse that, unfortunately, is difficult to define and track, considering that a computer crime can occur in 3 milliseconds using a program code that tells the software to erase itself after the computer executes the action.
Thus Tea Cake's death both saves Janie's physical body and erases his false vision.
Only visual proof of paternity can erase his anger.
The higher the coercivity, which is measured in Oersteds (Oe), the harder the data is to erase.
It searches for those meddlesome commands and erases them.
However, keeping track of the information a demon needs, including the way it stores and erases that information, offers a very different way of looking at thermodynamics, he says.
Presenting Malcolm as a symbolic orphan, Lee erases his complex relations with black women--his mother, his sister--making it appear that the only women important to him were his sexual partners.