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wipeout

[wahyp-out] /ˈwaɪpˌaʊt/
noun
1.
Informal. destruction, annihilation, or murder.
2.
Informal. (in sports) a decisive defeat.
3.
a fall from a surfboard.
4.
Slang. a total or complete failure:
to suffer a wipeout in the stock market.
5.
Slang. complete physical exhaustion.
Also, wipe-out.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; noun use of verb phrase wipe out
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Examples from the web for wipeout
  • In a wipeout, the kickstand turns the bot upright again.
  • Not a complete wipeout but higher than normal losses were experienced.
  • One lawsuit can wipeout any monetary savings from closing the tunnel.
  • Last year's market wipeout showed the vulnerability of the popular retirement-savings accounts.
British Dictionary definitions for wipeout

wipe out

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) to destroy completely; eradicate
2.
(transitive) (informal) to murder or kill
3.
(intransitive) to fall or jump off a surfboard or skateboard
noun
4.
an act or instance of wiping out
5.
the interference of one radio signal by another so that reception is impossible
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Word Origin and History for wipeout
n.

1962, American English, surfer slang, from wipe (v.) + out. Sense of "destruction, defeat, a killing" is recorded from 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wipeout

wipeout

noun
  1. A fall from the surfboard, esp a spectacular one (1960s+ Surfers)
  2. (also wipe) A killing, esp a gangland execution; rubout: I don't know a goddam thing about this goddam Covino wipe (1925+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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