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EXPUNGE, verb transitive expunj'. [Latin expungo; ex and pungo, to thrust, to prick.]

1. To blot out, as with a pen; to rub out; to efface, as words; to obliterate. We expunge single words or whole lines or sentences.

2. To efface; to strike out; to wipe out or destroy; to annihilate; as, to expunge an offense.

EXPUNGE the whole, or lop the excrescent parts.