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obliterate (someone or something) from (something or some place)

To erase or destroy every trace of someone or something from some place or thing. The military coup has become hell bent on obliterating their opponents from every corner of the country. We'll have to use a sandblaster to obliterate the graffiti from the wall.
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slang Extremely drunk. They kept feeding me shots of tequila on my birthday, so I was completely obliterated by the end of the night.
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obliterate someone or something from something

to destroy or wipe out someone or something from something. Karen obliterated the writing from the wall. Max set out to obliterate Lefty "Fingers" Moran from the face of the earth.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


mod. drunk. Fred was obliterated and couldn’t walk to his car, let alone drive it.
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Indeed, the hyperactive star, which is part of a two-star system called RS Ophiuchi, may be teetering on the brink of going supernova and could obliterate itself in just a few hundred thousand years, suggest Jennifer Sokoloski of the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics and her colleagues.
In this respect, too, Watkin has strengthened the book by adding accounts on urbanism and context to each chapter, and his observations demonstrate why the tabula rasa is desired by those who ignore, corrupt, and obliterate the genius loci.
IRISH President Mary McAleese yesterday said Britain tried to "obliterate" Irish culture during its time as colonial master.
The Taliban, which interprets Islam to forbid idolatry of any kind, used anti-aircraft weapons, tanks and rocket launchers to obliterate the ancient statues.
Granatstein writes that history is no panacea for our national ailments, but a nation cannot afford to forget and obliterate its past: "Too often in the last half-century, Canadians seem to have done just that, and it is time to restore the past to its proper place in our national consciousness...." We might add that, as Raymond de Souza has recently reminded us in Catholic Insight, Christianity is a historical religion and a sense of history is necessary to religious consciousness.
Mary Elizabeth Perry draws back the veil of silence and seclusion to show how morisca women survived and resisted Christian efforts to obliterate their culture, and Alain Saint-Saens examines the gender-based suspicions confronted by women hermits who pursued a solitary path of piety outside convent walls.
The networks also obliterate power and privilege when they cover their favorite topic: themselves.
He argues that even turning to Christianity did not obliterate the slaves' African-influenced tradition of either aggressive action or trickster-like behavior.
inferred from this that "Congress is thus under the impression that expenditures for market studies and feasibility studies, as at issue here, are fully deductible if incurred by an existing business undergoing expansion." To hold otherwise, the court stated, would "render [sections]195 meaningless for it would obliterate the reference point in the statute" of expansion of an existing trade or business.
While mulling over whether I would submit to an interview, I jotted down thoughts I had about Judaism's ancient history and how I believed that the intention of the Third Reich was to not only kill Jews, but to obliterate the history of the Jews.
As long as we continue to let the Christian right hijack our Constitution and obliterate the separation between church and state, who is to say that four years from now ray own marriage, which is between Catholic and Jew, won't be deemed unlawful?
Unionists said they were working with vaporised explosives to create a searing napalm-like fireball that would obliterate buildings and kill anyone in the vicinity.
Divorce, feminism, unisex, and mass media that specialize in sex and violence have all conspired to obliterate any clear and compelling notion of what it means to be a mature and responsible man.
The Khmer Rouge attempted to obliterate it, and failed.
This film, featuring the well-advertised promo line "The coast is toast," is about a sudden volcanic eruption in Los Angeles that threatens to obliterate Southern California.