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Nuke

Informal; to delete the contents of a database or other set of information on a computer. Nuking is common when information is no longer relevant or may be used when information is sensitive or restricted.
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Landsea also decline idea about nuking hurricanes while they're still little by pointing out that about 80 tropical depressions form each year - but only five become hurricanes.
Of course, nuking a city is good for the ratings (15.
Bruce Willis to the contrary, no scientist has recently suggested nuking an asteroid, notes Love.