- Informal. destruction, annihilation, or murder.
- Informal. (in sports) a decisive defeat.
- a fall from a surfboard.
- Slang. a total or complete failure: to suffer a wipeout in the stock market.
- Slang. complete physical exhaustion.
Origin of wipeout
First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase wipe out
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Examples from the Web for wipeout
The 2014 election was a wipeout, progressives say, because Democrats lacked a bold economic message to inspire voters.Progressives: Big Ideas Will Win Us 2016
December 10, 2014
If Santorum had been able to face Romney one-on-one it would have been a wipeout.Romney’s Dixie Debacle in Mississippi and Alabama Primaries
March 14, 2012
As Republicans faced their own wipeout in 2006, conservative commentators penned plenty of pieces along the same lines.Five Signs the Dems are Doomed
October 24, 2010
Word Origin and History for wipeout
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