This is by far my favourite pine keystroke. I'm not quite sure why I enjoy it so much. I don't have OCD, nor am I a control freak. I just like managing my mailbox, and expunging has such a satisfying ring to it, don't you think?

Ex*punge" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expunged(?);p. pr. & vb. n. Expunging(?).] [L. expungere, expunctum, prick out, expunge, settle an account, execute; ex out + pungere to prick, puncture. See Pungent.]


To blot out, as with pen; to rub out; to efface designedly; to obliterate; to strike out wholly; as, to expunge words, lines, or sentences.


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


Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrescent parts. Pope.

Syn. -- To efface; erase; obliterate; strike out; destroy; annihilate; cancel.


© Webster 1913.

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