Wipe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped p. pr. & vb. n. Wiping.]
1. To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel.
Let me wipe thy face. --Shak.
I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. --2 Kings xxi. 13.
2. To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively. “To wipe out our ingratitude.”
Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon. --Milton.
3. To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out. [Obs.]
If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods. --Robynson (More's Utopia)
To wipe a joint Plumbing, to make a joint, as between pieces of lead pipe, by surrounding the junction with a mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing.
To wipe the nose of, to cheat. [Old Slang]