nuke and pave

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nuke and pave (third-person singular simple present nukes and paves, present participle nuking and paving, simple past and past participle nuked and paved)

  1. (computing, slang) To wipe a computer's hard disk and reinstall everything, as a drastic fix for problems.
    • 2009, T. G. Diamond, My Darling Davis, how real is your love?, page 290:
      I'm so sorry, I was hoping that we could see each other . . . there is a solution to this, when you are here, before you go back, I can take my computer in and get it nuked and paved.