or wipe-out



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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Related Words for wipeout

downfall, collapse, spill, dive, drop, tumble, crash, destruction

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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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