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wipe someone out

Definition of wipe someone out in English:

1Kill a large number of people: the plague had wiped out whole villages
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  • 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.
2 (usually be wiped out) Ruin someone financially.
Example sentences
  • If American Golf declared bankruptcy, he could be wiped 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.
  • One of these lawsuits finally wiped him out financially.
3 informal Exhaust or intoxicate someone.
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