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  1. Informal. destruction, annihilation, or murder.
  2. Informal. (in sports) a decisive defeat.
  3. a fall from a surfboard.
  4. Slang. a total or complete failure: to suffer a wipeout in the stock market.
  5. Slang. complete physical exhaustion.
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Origin of wipeout

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase wipe out
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Word Origin and History for wipeout


1962, American English, surfer slang, from wipe (v.) + out. Sense of "destruction, defeat, a killing" is recorded from 1968.

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