Is there a word with a meaning similar to "clear," "clear out," or "remove," or perhaps "fight," but starting with the letter O?

I want to start an initiative at work to gradually clear out warnings from our source code base. I really like acronyms, so I'd like to name it with one. I was thinking of a "grass roots" initiative about "warnings" and came up with "GROW" for the acronym (which is also nice as it will improve the software), but I'm having trouble finding a suitable word for the O. (The whole phrase would then be "Grass Roots O-doing something with Warnings.")

I've thought of "ousting," but it doesn't really fit. "Obliterating" feels a bit too strong (especially as the process will be gradual). Is there a better word?

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    – Sandeep D
    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:59
  • Nothing much comes to mind... "overturn" doesn't really fit here either. Maybe you need to come up with some acronym other than "grow" :)
    – Vilmar
    Feb 21, 2014 at 12:02
  • How about "Good Riddance, O Warnings!" or "Good Riddance, Obnoxious Warnings!" ? Or the plain "Getting Rid Of Warnings". Feb 21, 2014 at 12:49
  • You do obliterate each individual warning, though.
    – Oldcat
    Feb 21, 2014 at 17:41

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Could you try GREW instead and maybe use words like Erase, Eliminate, or Expel?

  • Nice idea, +1. The tagline could then be "I wish our software GREW." Feb 21, 2014 at 12:02
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    "I wish our software GREW." It sounds as if It hasn't grown and now you are sad about it.
    – Sandeep D
    Feb 21, 2014 at 12:21

I'll chime in: DAWN, for Destroy All Warnings Now. Nice contrast between the restful but optimistic feelings implied by the word "dawn" and the aggressive stance of the actual meaning.

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