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clobber

[′kläb·ər]
(computer science)
To write new data and thereby erase good data in a file, or to otherwise damage the file so that it becomes useless.

clobber

(jargon)
To overwrite, usually unintentionally: "I walked off the end of the array and clobbered the stack."

Compare mung, scribble, trash, smash the stack.
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