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To make something disappear or stop existing

wear away

to disappear, or to make something disappear, because it has been used or rubbed a lot

wear down

to make something gradually disappear or become thinner by using or rubbing it

wish away

to make something stop or disappear just by expressing a wish

swallow up

to destroy something completely, or to make it disappear

dissolve

verb

to disappear or stop existing, or to make a feeling or other thing disappear or stop existing

magic away

to make someone or something disappear very quickly and easily

efface

verb

to make something disappear

wipe something off/from the map

to destroy something, or to make it disappear completely

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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