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wipe off

1. To clean or dry some surface by wiping or rubbing it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "off." Here, take this cloth and wipe off the windows so I can see while I'm driving. I wiped my face off with a towel after coming inside from the rain.
2. To wipe or rub something in order to remove it from a surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "off." I kept having to wipe fog off my glasses because it was so warm in the room. It's been too long since I wiped off the dust from these shelves.
3. To remove some expression promptly or hurriedly from one's face. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wipe" and "off." He told me to wipe the smirk off my face. Wipe off that frown—there's no need to be so glum!
4. To completely eliminate, eradicate, or destroy some large group, population, or settlement. A noun or pronoun is used between "wipe" and "off." The hurricane wiped the entire village off the map. The president vowed to wipe the terrorists off the face of the earth.
See also: off, wipe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 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 or something off

to clean something off someone or something by wiping. She wiped the baby off and put clean clothes on him. Please wipe off your shoes. John fell in the mud and Sam wiped him off.
See also: off, wipe

wipe something off

 (one's face)
1. . Lit. to remove something, such as food or dirt, from one's own face. Wipe that peanut butter off your face!
2. Fig. to remove a smile, grin, silly look, etc., from one's face. Wipe that silly grin off your face, private! Wipe that smile off!
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wipe something off

1. to remove something (from something else) by wiping or rubbing. There is mud on your shirt. Please wipe it off. I must wipe off the ketchup from my shirt.
2. to tidy or clean something by wiping (something else) off. Please wipe the table off. There's water on it. Wipe off your shirt. There's ketchup on it.
See also: off, wipe
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wipe off

1. To remove something from the surface of something or someone by wiping: Between the games, I wiped the sweat off my forehead and had a drink of water. I wiped the fog off my glasses.
2. To remove something, especially a liquid, by wiping: I tried to wipe off the water, but the seat was still damp. I scrubbed so hard that I wiped the paint off. I wiped off the sweat from my forehead.
3. To clean or dry the surface of something or someone by wiping: Wipe off your feet before you enter the house. I washed the dishes and wiped them off.
4. To eliminate something from or as if from some surface: A nuclear war could wipe us all off the earth. Wipe that smile off your face! The tornado wiped the village off the map.
See also: off, 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.


n. a murder; a killing. (see also wipe out.) The victim of the latest mob wipe was hauled out of the river this morning.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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