wipe out (1)

Meaning: If something is wiped out, it is completely destroyed.

Synonym: eradicate (formal)

For example:

  • wipe out sth Rising sea levels could wipe out many low-lying coastal cities.

  • wipe sth out The World Health Organisation is trying to control diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, and one day hopes to wipe them out altogether.

Quick Quiz:

If bullying in schools could somehow be wiped out, students would feel

a. much sadder

b. much safer

c. much more afraid

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