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wipeout

or wipe-out

[ wahyp-out ]
/ ˈwaɪpˌaʊt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of wipeout

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase wipe out
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British Dictionary definitions for wipeout

wipe out

verb (adverb)

(tr) to destroy completely; eradicate
(tr) informal to murder or kill
(intr) to fall or jump off a surfboard or skateboard

noun wipeout

an act or instance of wiping out
the interference of one radio signal by another so that reception is impossible
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Idioms and Phrases with wipeout

wipe out

1

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.

2

Kill; also, murder. For example, The entire crew was wiped out in the plane crash, or The gangsters threatened to wipe him and his family out. [Late 1800s]

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