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wipe away

1. To clean or dry something away by rubbing or mopping. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "away." He quickly wiped the tears away before entering the room. Make sure you wipe away the mud from the mirrors and windows before you start driving.
2. To eradicate, invalidate, or reset something back to nothing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "away." Two back-to-back goals have wiped away the home team's lead in a matter of minutes. The stock market crash wiped away everything we had earned that year.
3. To completely eliminate, eradicate, or destroy something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "away." The extreme weather conditions this winter have wiped away entire towns. Through our vaccination efforts, we've been able to wipe polio away across the entire continent.
See also: away, wipe
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wipe something away

to clean or mop something away. Wipe all this mud away and scrub the floor clean. Jake wiped away the mud.
See also: away, wipe
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wipe away

v.
1. To remove or eliminate something by wiping: I wiped away the child's tears. Dust had settled on the table, so I wiped it away.
2. To destroy or eliminate something as if by wiping: A strong hurricane wiped away the entire village. Mudslides wiped our home away.
3. To reduce something to zero; invalidate something: Business was so bad this year that it wiped away all our savings. I had a big lead in the bicycle race, but a sudden burst of speed by my opponent wiped it away.
See also: away, wipe
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.
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Then the tears begin to come into her eyes; and as she is ashamed to wipe them away, and ashamed to let them run down her cheeks, she turns and shakes her head a little, and then flushes red when she sees that Jurgis is watching her.
He made no effort to wipe them away. 'You killed her.
Blood stains, with signs that someone had tried to wipe them away, were found in the swimming pool changing rooms.
if He gets angry like He got angry with people in Kedarnath, then He will wipe them away...," Narayan says.
"Though we shed tears from your absence in our lives, when we wipe them away we will remember what you have given us, we will see more clearly and our actions will be more deliberate than ever, as we stand up to cancer, as we challenge the status quo.
jjPower turn-off Just in case Paddy Power had any lingering doubts about the utter stupidity of opening a book, subsequently closed after a justifiably outraged reaction, on the next Liverpool player to be burgled, perhaps the ordeal Everton's Phil Jagielka went through on Wednesday will wipe them away.
Liquids bead up rather than penetrate, so you can wipe them away. It's also resistant to mold and mildew.
``I write them down on a black board and then, with a cloth, simply wipe them away.''
They'll have plenty of time in their cells to wipe them away.
When glue beads emerge from the inside corners of projects you're assembling, don't wipe them away with a rag; you'll just smear glue into the wood and create a nasty sanding job when it's dry.
Thomas Kennedy said his son first noticed the red stains but when he tried to wipe them away with a sponge the marks reappeared.