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1. verb To obliterate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." Many buildings were wiped out during the siege.
2. verb To kill, especially in large numbers. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." The highly contagious illness wiped out an entire community of people. An attack that large could wipe us all out. Ray wiped out the informant, just as the boss told him to.
3. verb To negate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." The boss's decision against our proposal wiped out all of our hard work.
4. verb To exhaust or fatigue someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." All of that cleaning totally wiped me out—I need a nap.
5. verb To erase or delete information permanently and/or on a large scale. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." We need to wipe out all of our personal information before we try to sell this computer.
6. verb To fall or tumble off of something, often a skateboard, surfboard, or bicycle. I wiped out on my skateboard today and scraped my leg on the pavement.
7. verb To deplete the supply of something, often when it relates to finances. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." I have a big family, so shopping for Christmas gifts totally wipes out my bank account every year. The demand for clean water wiped our supply out in days.
8. verb To cause someone financial hardship. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "out." I invested a ton of money in that start-up, so its failure totally wiped me out.
9. verb To fail in a significant or spectacular way. That candidate really wiped out in the election—his opponent completely trounced him.
10. verb To crash. I tried to catch up to the puck, but then I lost an edge and totally wiped out.
11. noun A fall or tumble off of something, often a skateboard, surfboard, or bicycle. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. I had a wipe-out while skateboarding today—that's why my leg is all scraped up.
12. noun A crash. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. I tried to catch up to the puck, but then I lost an edge and had a total wipe-out.
13. noun A loser or failure. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Don't hang out with that kid—he's a real wipe-out.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
wipe someone or something (off) (with something)
to clean someone or something by wiping with something. Tony wiped the baby off with a soft cloth. Jane wiped off the counter with a rag. Tom fell in the mud and asked Ralph to wipe him off.
wipe something (off) (on something)
to remove something by wiping it on something else. Don't wipe your feet off on the carpet. Don't wipe off your feet on the carpet, wipe them on the mat.
wipe someone out
1. Sl. to kill someone. Max intended to wipe Lefty's gang out. Lefty wiped out Max's gang.
2. . Sl to exhaust or debilitate someone. The long walk wiped me out. The trip wiped out the hikers.
3. . Inf. to ruin someone financially. The loss of my job wiped us out. The storm ruined the corn crop and wiped out everyone in the county.
wipe something out
Sl. to use up all of something. I wiped the cookies out—not all at once, of course. Who wiped out the strawberry preserves?
1. Inf. to crash. I wiped out on the curve. The car wiped out on the curve.
2. . Inf. to fall off or away from something, such as a bicycle, skates, a surfboard, a skateboard, etc. I wiped out and skinned my knee. If I wipe out again, my mother says I'm through.
3. Inf. to fail badly. The test was terrible! I'm sure I wiped out. It was a bad test. I wiped out for sure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Destroy, as in The large chains are wiping out the independent bookstores. Originally put simply as wipe, the idiom acquired out in the first half of the 1800s.
2. Kill; also, murder. For example, The entire crew was wiped out in the plane crash, or The gangsters threatened to wipe him and his family out. [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To destroy something completely; obliterate something: A mudslide wiped out the road to the village. Another strong wind could wipe the damaged building out completely.
2. To kill someone or something, especially a group or part of a group: The invaders wiped out the entire population of the countryside. This disease could wipe many of the villagers out.
3. To exhaust the strength or energy of someone; wear someone out: The hike up the mountain wiped us out. The long practice wiped out the whole football team.
4. To reduce some value or amount to zero or nothing: The reckless spending wiped out the budget surplus. The company's renewed sales wiped their debts out completely.
5. To reduce someone to poverty or bankruptcy: A bad harvest wiped out the remaining farms. My travel expenses are going to wipe me out.
6. To invalidate or nullify something: A grand slam wiped out six innings of flawless pitching. A silly remark wiped the politician's reputation out completely.
7. To erase data from some computer storage device: The program wipes out the old data before writing the new data. Reformatting a disk will wipe it out.
8. To lose one's balance and fall, as when skiing or surfing: At the top of the hill, I wiped out and nearly hit another skier.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. a murder; a killing. (see also wipe out.) The victim of the latest mob wipe was hauled out of the river this morning.
1. in. to crash. The car wiped out on the curve.
2. in. to fall off or away from something, such as a bicycle, skates, a surfboard, a skateboard, etc. I wiped out and skinned my knee.
3. (ˈwɑɪpɑʊt) n. a wreck. (Usually wipe-out.) There was a four-car wipe-out on the expressway when I came in this morning.
4. n. an accident on a bicycle, skates, surfboard, skateboard, etc. (Usually wipe-out.) I had a nasty wipe-out, but I only bruised my elbow.
5. n. a loser; someone who is likely to wipe out. (Usually wipe-out.) The guy’s a wipe-out, for sure.
wipe someone out
1. tv. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. (Underworld.) Max almost wiped Spike out.
2. tv. to exhaust or tire someone. Jogging always wipes me out.
3. tv. to ruin someone financially. The storm ruined the corn crop and wiped out everyone in the county.
wipe something out
tv. to use up all of something. (see also wiped (out).) I wiped the cookies out—not all at once, of course.
1. and wiped over mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Oh, man! I’m really wiped.
2. mod. [of a person or creature] exhausted. I’m so wiped out that I just want to go home and go to bed.
3. mod. broke. Medical bills left us totally wiped out.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.