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reduce (something) to rubble

To completely destroy something, either literally or figuratively. The tornado reduced whole towns to rubble. Being rejected by that famous director totally reduced my confidence to rubble.
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in reduced circumstances

Euph. in poverty. After Frederick lost his position, we lived in reduced circumstances while waiting for my inheritance.
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reduce someone to silence

to cause someone to be silent. The rebuke reduced him to silenceat last. Mary was reduced to silence by Jane's comments.
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reduce someone to tears

to cause a person to cry through insults, frustration, and belittling. He scolded her so much that she was reduced to tears by the end of the meeting.
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reduce something by something

to diminish something by a certain amount. I have to reduce your allowance by two dollars per week until you pay me back for the broken window. I will reduce the bill by a few dollars.
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reduce (something) from (something to something)

to diminish something from one degree to a lower degree. I will reduce the fine from two hundred dollars to one hundred dollars. Mary reduced her demands from a large sum to a smaller one.
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reduced to doing something

brought into a certain humble condition or state. The poor man was reduced to begging for food.
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reduce somebody to something

to force someone into a worse condition than usual He had to sell his home to pay his legal fees and was reduced to parking cars for money. Sheila's cries reduced him to silence.
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reduce somebody to tears

to make someone cry His classmates jeered, reducing him to tears.
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in reduced circumstances

  (slightly formal)
if someone, especially someone from a high social class, is in reduced circumstances, they have a lot less money than they did before They found him living in reduced circumstances in a flat off Fulham Road.
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reduce to

v.
1. To decrease something to some level: The drought reduced the stream to a trickle.
2. To bring someone to some humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition: The illness had reduced them almost to emaciation. The sight of her mother reduced her to tears. The army reduced him from a command post to a desk job.
3. To bring someone to such a humble, weak, or desperate state or condition that he or she does something drastic: The Depression reduced many to begging on the street.
4. To damage or destroy something, leaving it in some lesser state: The blaze reduced the warehouse to ashes.
5. To make something shorter and simpler; summarize something: Their entire business philosophy can be reduced to "The customer is always right."
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When they saw what their circumstances were, the first thing they concluded was, that they would, if possible, drive the savages up to the farther part of the island, south-west, that if any more came on shore they might not find one another; then, that they would daily hunt and harass them, and kill as many of them as they could come at, till they had reduced their number; and if they could at last tame them, and bring them to anything, they would give them corn, and teach them how to plant, and live upon their daily labour.
The poor wretches, thoroughly humbled, and reduced in number to about thirty-seven, closed with the proposal at the first offer, and begged to have some food given them; upon which twelve Spaniards and two Englishmen, well armed, with three Indian slaves and old Friday, marched to the place where they were.
Benefits often include reduced cycle times, less warpage, fewer rejects, and improved surface appearance and gloss.
The hotel received substantial incentives from ConEdison Solutions for the implementation of an intensive energy-reduction strategy that reduced demand during critical summer "peak load" periods.
After running the trial into late October, GLPF placed an order for five 40 HP M80FP Nikuni pumps to allow them to eliminate compressed air demand and reduced the horsepower currently used by 85 per unit for a total savings of over 425 HP.
has already reduced GHG emissions at their Sudbury operations to at least six per cent below 1990 levels, according to spokesperson Cory McPhee.
After 10 years of vaccination, postexposure vaccines had reduced the cumulative number of TB cases by a median of 34% (IQR 29%-40%) (Figure 3B); effectiveness diminished slightly over the next few decades, despite continuous vaccination of newly infected latent persons (Figure 3B).
To qualify for the reduced rate, the foundation's current-year distributions must exceed a minimum.
The ultimate benefits include reduced adverse drug events and a reduction in pharmacy costs.
SAS now has timely access to its financial data and has also reduced time spent on database maintenance and fine-tuning.
Possible benefits include reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, maintenance of healthy skin.
Rebalancing your portfolio before the end of the year is even more critical this year because the capital gains and dividend rates have been reduced to 15% for the four highest tax brackets and to 5% for the two lowest tax brackets.
The muscles function poorly after stretching because the "stiffness" required for maximal force is reduced by the stretching.
Making a home more energy efficient offers benefits such as increased comfort, reduced noise and greater fire safety.
Studies also show that conservation tillage results in improved water quality in lakes, streams and rivers and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.