wipe out

To wipe out is to completely deplete or use up. If you wipe out your grandmother's entire batch of brownies, it means that you eat every single last one of them.

You might wipe out your life's savings gambling in Las Vegas, or — more positively — wipe out your credit card debt by paying a little each month for a year. In either case, you've erased or eliminated something. Sometimes wipe out is used to describe a truly terrible event, as when a disease wipes out a country's population of songbirds.

Definitions of wipe out
  1. verb
    use up (resources or materials)
    synonyms: consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up
    occupy, take, use up
    require (time or space)
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    run out
    exhaust the supply of
    drain
    deplete of resources
    indulge, luxuriate
    enjoy to excess
    burn, burn off, burn up
    use up (energy)
    spend
    spend completely
    exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
    deplete
    surfeit
    indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
    overspend
    spend more than available of (a budget)
    underspend
    spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
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    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
  2. verb
    eliminate completely and without a trace
    “The old values have been wiped out
    synonyms: sweep away
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  3. verb
    mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    synonyms: kill, obliterate
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    take away, take out
    take out or remove
  4. verb
    remove from memory or existence
    synonyms: erase
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    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  5. verb
    wipe out the effect of something
    synonyms: cancel out
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    do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
    terminate, end, or take out
  6. verb
    kill in large numbers
    “the plague wiped out an entire population”
    synonyms: annihilate, carry off, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish
    decimate
    kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
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    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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