One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Kill a large number of people.‘the plague had wiped out whole villages’
destroy, annihilate, eradicate, eliminate, extirpateView synonyms
- ‘If we don't co-operate with them, they kill us, wipe us out of existence.’
- ‘We don't relish the thought of destroying innocents, wiping out cultures.’
- ‘Then we will be able to massacre them, and wipe them out while they are at their weakest.’
2usually be wiped outRuin someone financially.
- ‘One of these lawsuits finally wiped him out financially.’
- ‘Reports that Laura has wiped Bruno out financially are, says Warren, nonsense. ‘He's got plenty of money left, whatever people wrote about his divorce settlement.’
- ‘If American Golf declared bankruptcy, he could be wiped out financially.’
- ‘After the ‘tech bubble‘burst, they were wiped out; her subsequent prayers for financial sustenance were loud and clear.’
- ‘By the time the company filed for bankruptcy, she was wiped out, losing more than $65,000 from her 401, another $80,000 in stock options, and more than $65,000 in severance pay to which she was entitled.’
3informal Exhaust or intoxicate someone.
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