Definition of wipe someone out in English:

wipe someone out

phrasal verb

  • 1Kill a large number of people.

    ‘the plague had wiped out whole villages’
    • ‘Then we will be able to massacre them, and wipe them out while they are at their weakest.’
    • ‘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.’
    destroy, annihilate, eradicate, eliminate, extirpate
    slaughter, massacre, kill, kill off, exterminate
    demolish, raze to the ground, level
    wipe off the face of the earth, wipe off the map, take out, liquidate, zap
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  • 2Ruin someone financially.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of these lawsuits finally wiped him out financially.’
  • 3informal Exhaust or intoxicate someone.