Green’s Dictionary of Slang

wipe the floor (with) v.

also clean the floor with, dust the floor with, ...mop the floor with, …the furniture with, sweep the floor with, wipe (up) the dirt with, …the earth with, ...the ground with, ...the street with
[note synon. RN wipe the deck with]

to beat decisively, to thrash; also ad hoc vars. (e.g. cit. 1908).

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 6/1: Mr. Dibbs wiped the floor with all the preceding speakers by taking the bung out of his grammar and uncorking his geography and letting fly the following choice sentiment: [...].
[US]Detroit Free Press Aug. n.p.: [...] He’d wipe up the ground with him; he’d walk all over him [F&H].
[UK]Sporting Times 25 Jan. 1/4: That they dusted all the furniture with me need not be said.
[US]S. Crane Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 21: Dose mugs can’t phase me. Dey knows I kin wipe up deh street wid any tree of dem.
[Aus]G. Boothby On the Wallaby 252: So you’re the man who’s going to wipe the dirt with me, to bang me up and down creation till my own mother wouldn’t know me, eh?
[US]S. Crane in N.Y. Press 9 Dec. in Stallman (1966) 113: Say, young feller, if yeh go shootin’ off yer face at me, I’ll wipe d’ joint wid yeh.
[US]F. Dumont Dumont’s Joke Book 30: She’d wipe the floor up with him / When she was full of beer.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Mar. 14/3: weary humper: Any great events been comin’ off up in the town lately, Billy? / billy: My word, yes – lots. Me brother Tom just got six months few cow-duffin’; ole Murphy’s been wipen’ the street with the new trap; dad’s stopped ’is Bulletin.
[US]C. M’Govern By Bolo and Krag 175: And did the —teenth ever fail to wipe the floor with any organization of men that ever drew gun.
[UK]Magnet 7 Mar. 5: Tell us where he is, or we’ll wipe up the mud in the close with you!
[Scot]Dundee Courier 5 May 3/4: I would wipe the floor with you, hair and all.
[UK]Magnet 10 Sept. 12: I have a jolly good mind to wade in and wipe up the floor with you.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 24 Jan. 10/5: Come here, you fat — , and I’ll wipe the floor with you.
[Ire]Daily Liar 1/4: The Huns can’t sweep the floor with us, / Send us victorious.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 305: Myler dusted the floor with him, says Alf.
[UK]F. Anthony ‘Helping Out Gus’ in Me And Gus (1977) 15: Nick [...] said ‘Hold the reins, Mary, while I get out and wipe the dirt with that snipe.’.
[US](con. 1903) H. Asbury Gangs of N.Y. 285: As Monk expressed it, ‘We’ll wipe up de earth wit’ youse guys.’.
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 6 May 3/4: A woman [...] shouted at the defendant: ‘If you were my man, I’d wipe the floor with you’.
[UK]J. Franklyn This Gutter Life 283: Come on now, or I’ll climb that grid and wipe the bloody floor with you!
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 199: He told the Officer that if he, the Officer, were not so old and feeble he would wipe the ground with him.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 255: You [...] grind out sausage about how your great Man Mountain is going to wipe the floor with poor old Gus Lennert.
[Can]M. Richler Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 132: For good looks he could have wiped the floor with Clark Gable or any other star.
[UK]K. Waterhouse There is a Happy Land (1964) 119: Garno was tougher than I was and he was going to wipe the blinking floor with me.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 78: Bobby, he’d wipe the streets with you, let’s face it. He’s healthy, and look at you.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 105: We catch you out, we wipe up this street with your old gray ass.
[Ire](con. 1930s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 208: Did she not sing solo in the chapel choir? I would wipe the floor with her.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 237: Your man roars again, ‘we’ll wipe the bleedin floor with yez.’.
[US]S. Frank Get Shorty [film script] I’ll make you a deal. If you can get out of here before I take my coat off, I won’t clean the floor with you, get your little costume all messed up.
[UK]Guardian Guide 12–18 Feb. 52: Even Ringo had more talent. Thomas the Tank engine wipes the floor with it.
D. Sedaris When You’re Engulfed in Flames 97: Ya mutt. I’ll mopthe fucking floor with you.