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British pronunciation/wˈaɪp ðə flˈɔː wɪð ˌɛsbˈiː/
American pronunciation/wˈaɪp ðə flˈoːɹ wɪð ˌɛsbˈiː/
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to completely beat someone in an argument or competition, particularly in a humiliating way

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to [wipe] the floor with {sb} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "wipe the floor with someone" and when to use it?

The idiom "wipe the floor with someone" is believed to have originated from the practice of cleaning a floor by wiping it with a mop or cloth. The action of wiping the floor clean suggests a thorough and complete victory, leaving no trace of the opponent's presence or challenge. This idiom is often used to describe a situation where one person or team defeats another in a competition, argument, or conflict, with great ease and skill, leaving the opponent humiliated or embarrassed.

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