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.’
- ‘Then we will be able to massacre them, and wipe them out while they are at their weakest.’
- ‘We don't relish the thought of destroying innocents, wiping out cultures.’
2Ruin someone financially.
- ‘After the ‘tech bubble‘burst, they were wiped out; her subsequent prayers for financial sustenance were loud and clear.’
- ‘If American Golf declared bankruptcy, he could be wiped out 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.’
- ‘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.’
3be wiped outinformal Be exhausted or intoxicated.‘I'm so wiped out I'm ready to keel over’
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