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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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