wipe (someone or something) off the face of the earth

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wipe (someone or something) off the face of the earth

: to destroy (someone or something) completely
  • Their enemies have vowed to wipe them off the face of the earth.

Word by Word Definitions

wipe play
  1. : to rub with or as if with something soft for cleaning

  2. : to clean or dry by rubbing

  3. : to draw, pass, or move for or as if for rubbing or cleaning

  1. : blow, strike

  2. : jeer, gibe

  3. : an act or instance of wiping

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

face play
  1. : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

  2. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

  3. : presence, sight

  1. : to confront impudently

  2. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

  3. : to cover the front or surface of

earth play
  1. : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe

  2. : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven, hell

  3. : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air

  1. : to drive to hiding in the earth

  2. : to draw soil about (plants)

  3. : ground


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