wipe

[wahyp]
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verb (used with object), wiped, wip·ing.

noun

Verb Phrases

wipe out,
  1. to destroy completely; demolish: The entire city was wiped out.
  2. Informal.to murder; kill: They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.
  3. Slang.to beat decisively, as in sports.
  4. Slang.(in sports) to be taken out of competition by a fall, accident, collision, etc.
  5. Slang.to intoxicate or cause to become high, especially on narcotic drugs.
wipe up, to clean completely by wiping: to wipe up the mess on the floor.

Nearby words

  1. wintu,
  2. wintun,
  3. winy,
  4. winze,
  5. wip,
  6. wipe off the map,
  7. wipe out,
  8. wipe the slate clean,
  9. wiped-out,
  10. wipeout

Origin of wipe

before 1000; Middle English (v.), Old English wīpian; cognate with Old High German wīfan to wind round, Gothic weipan to crown; perhaps akin to Latin vibrāre to move to and fro

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British Dictionary definitions for wipe

wipe

verb (tr)

to rub (a surface or object) lightly, esp with (a cloth, hand, etc), as in removing dust, water, grime, etc
(usually foll by off, away, from, up, etc) to remove by or as if by rubbing lightlyhe wiped the dirt from his hands
to eradicate or cancel (a thought, memory, etc)
to erase a recording from (an audio or video tape)
Australian informal to abandon or reject (a person)
to apply (oil, grease, etc) by wiping
to form (a joint between two lead pipes) with solder or soft lead
wipe the floor with someone informal to defeat someone decisively

noun

the act or an instance of wiping
(in film editing) an effect causing the transition from one scene to the next in which the image of the first scene appears to be wiped off the screen by that of the second
dialect a sweeping blow or stroke
British dialect a gibe or jeer
obsolete a slang name for handkerchief

Word Origin for wipe

Old English wīpian, related to Middle Low German wīpen, wīp bundle (of cloth), Old High German wīffa, wīfan to wind, Gothic weipan to wreathe

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Word Origin and History for wipe
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Idioms and Phrases with wipe

wipe

In addition to the idioms beginning with wipe

  • wipe off the map
  • wipe out
  • wipe the slate clean

also see:

  • mop up (wipe) the floor with
  • settle (wipe out) an old score
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