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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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For example, gear reducer that can be used during all year ([k.
COSIRA (Coronary Sinus Reduction for Treatment of Refractory Angina) is a randomized, controlled, multi-center trial of the Reducer in patients with refractory angina.
2008) in the case of the conceptual design of a motor - reducer type product (which must drive a rotational platform), the following conclusions can be drawn:
Decrease of concentration of wustite FeO in the melt in the course of the reduction process causes decrease of iron monoxide activity and, as a result, complication of the metal reduction from it and increase of the reducer consumption [5].
But Gerding says that it's "an open question" whether the acid reducers contribute to infection.
They have been seen in denitrifyers, sulfate reducers, iron reducers, phototrophs, and methanogenic consortia (Beller and Edwards 2000; Beller et al.
The Cyclo 6000 speed reducer is unsurpassed by any other inline drive available in the market today.
By converting most of its mechanical equipment drives to C-face motor-mounted planetary reducers, a major Southern paper mill has reduced downtime, improved maintenance procedures, and lowered spare parts inventories.
When implementing a lubrication program (or upgrading an existing plan), begin by contacting your lubricant vendor, who can assist in worker training, engineering, testing for worn gear reducers and hydraulic systems, and locating special lubricants designed for specific systems.
First you need to position the filter andpressure reducer, then retrofit one riser and cap the rest.
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The Reducer treats refractory angina, a painful and debilitating condition that occurs when the coronary arteries deliver an inadequate supply of blood to the heart muscle, despite treatment with standard revascularization or cardiac drug therapies.
Traditional close-coupled design with thrust and radial loads supported by the bearings in the gear reducer