wipe off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wipe off remove by wiping
    • v wipe off remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
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Quotations

  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.”
  • Wayne Calloway
    Wayne Calloway
    “Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.”

Usage

In literature:

She made no attempt to wipe them off.
"McClure's Magazine, January, 1896, Vol. VI. No. 2" by Various
Her mamma wiped it off and said to her: 'Oh, you dirty girl!
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Dip the stain in this and wipe off in clear water.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
He just wiped off the dirt his persecutors threw at him, and smilingly invited them to follow him.
"The Authoritative Life of General William Booth" by George Scott Railton
Kathi certainly wipes the perspiration off her brow, but Moidel cannot even allow herself leisure for the act.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
He took off his hat and wiped his forehead.
"The Pointing Man" by Marjorie Douie
And this event had wiped off at one sweep all the protective scab of habituation that had gathered over the wound of Hugh's departure.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Jeanbernat straightened himself again and wiped the sweat off his face with the sleeve of his jacket.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The Dix gun shall wipe humanity off the face of the earth!
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Mason looked after him as long as he was in sight, and afterwards took off his hat, and wiped beads of perspiration from his forehead.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
When you are gone, I will wipe off the mirror and pick up the brocade.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Grumbach took off his derby and wiped the perspiration from his forehead.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Then he took off his spectacles and wiped them.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
He wiped it off, drew a long, shuddering breath, and sat staring.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
The girl remained where she had stood, wiping the blood off roughly with the palm of her hand, and looking at it before she rubbed it on her apron.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
I can fancy the chatter of the keeper as he holds my second gun, and pays me that attention which can only be wiped off by tips!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, July 30, 1892" by Various
The chaplain took off his hat and wiped his brow, as he stood looking round for Abraham.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
He took off his gold-rimmed spectacles and wiped them carefully.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
How was he to wipe it off?
"The Dead Boxer The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
To all intents and purposes it's wiped off the map.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
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In poetry:

No friend to wipe the sweat of death
From off his face,
Or kindred, when he drew his breath
In this deserted place.
"The Pauper’s Grave" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Thy hand will wipe the stains of time
From off the withered face;
Upraise thy bowed old men, in prime
Of youthful manhood's grace!
"The Woman of Whom Satan Had Bound" by George MacDonald
An artist's hand, with mastery still greater
Wipes dirt and dust off objects in his path.
Reality and life, the past and present,
Emerge transformed out of his colour-bath.
"After The Storm" by Boris Pasternak
Wipe off my tears, destroy each wily snare,
Preserve my soul, and blunt each keen-edg'd care;
Behold my woes, my piteous wailings hear,
Judge thou my cause, and then thy servant clear.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
Well, Fanny, I woon't zay noo mwore, my dear.
Let's meäke it up. Come, wipe off thik there tear.
Let's goo an' zit o' top o' theäse here stile,
An' rest, an' look about a little while.
"Eclogue:--A Bit O’ Sly Coorten" by William Barnes
Red drips from my chin where I have been eating.
Not all the blood, nowhere near all, is wiped off my mouth.
Clots of red mess my hair
And the tiger, the buffalo, know how.
I was a killer.
"Fight" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

I have wiped them off.
Yale researcher says 'The Obamadon' was wiped out by the same asteroid that killed off dinosaurs.
Though merely a formality, yesterday's proclamation by NHL Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman wiping another two-week round of games off the schedule ensures that tonight's Operation.
Chill Out with Cool Off Wipes.
They wiped off the worst of the dirt, applied each cleaner as directed, and waited.
GREENE – Any rust remaining from a two-week layoff was wiped off quickly in Greene's Class C playoff victory over Harpursville Thursday.
Games through Dec 30 have been wiped off the schedule.
Wipe That Smile Off Your Face.
Spokesman shrugs off North Korean threat to wipe US off the map, saying, 'It's silliness.
"Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.".
Start with wiping the dust off the back of the refrigerator with a dry cloth.
New Jersey has finally done what 17 seasons of The Jersey Shore never could - it has wiped the smiles off resident's faces.
Steady rain couldn't wipe the smiles off the faces of Sibley East's football cheerleaders Friday night.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim that "we don't have homosexuals in Iran" should be taken, like his wish to wipe Israel off the map, as a serious expression of his regime's ambitions.
He wipes off tables, helps the waiters with the dishes.
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In science:

The application of the quantum Fourier transform to the image of f wipes off the initial shift t and changes its period to M µ = K , so that with high probability we can determine µ in polynomial time.
Quantum Algorithm for Generalized Deutsch-Jozsa Problem
Note that the value K ≈ 99.72676 is chosen to completely wipe off memory effects between consecutive and next-consecutive kicks (see Ref. for details).
Entanglement, randomness and chaos
Once again visibility drops off rapidly with increasing loss (see Fig.7(b)) tending eventually to the classical limit as the loss completely wipes out the entanglement.
Interferometric Tests of Teleportation
Ah, but wipe that smile off your face (or wherever you customarily carry your smile).
Astrophysics in 2005
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