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1‘Beth wiped the kitchen table with a damp cloth’
rub, clean, mop, sponge, swab
Northern English Scottish dight
2‘he wiped the marks off the window’
rub off, clean off, sponge off, polish off
remove, get rid of, dispose of, take off, erase, efface
3‘they wiped up the mess’
clean up, clear up, mop up, sponge up
remove, get rid of
4‘she wiped the unpleasant memory from her mind’
obliterate, expunge, erase, blot out, remove, remove all traces of, blank out
1‘Bert gave the table a final wipe’
rub, clean, mop, sponge, swab, polish
‘soldiers wiped out an entire village in Lampung province’
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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