or wipe-out

[ wahyp-out ]
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  1. Informal. destruction, annihilation, or murder.

  2. Informal. (in sports) a decisive defeat.

  1. a fall from a surfboard.

  2. Slang. a total or complete failure: to suffer a wipeout in the stock market.

  3. Slang. complete physical exhaustion.

Origin of wipeout

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase wipe out

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British Dictionary definitions for wipe out

wipe out

  1. (tr) to destroy completely; eradicate

  2. (tr) informal to murder or kill

  1. (intr) to fall or jump off a surfboard or skateboard

  1. an act or instance of wiping out

  2. the interference of one radio signal by another so that reception is impossible

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Other Idioms and Phrases with wipeout


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.

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