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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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We included the discussion of the reducibility of [A.
Acceptable reducibility is an essential component for the determination of lump iron ore, which is a sized direct charge to the blast furnace and commands a premium price to that of sinter feed.
The second difficulty is related to the reducibility of R, since an arbitrary partitioning of a reducible matrix will not yield irreducible diagonal blocks, and hence, care must be exercised when employing block iterative solvers as we shall see.
Most commentators agree that Leibniz advocates some version of a doctrine of the ideality or reducibility of relations, but there is considerable disagreement about what exactly this doctrine means.
He thus addresses the relationship between different types of goods; the differences between the common good, a common good, and common goods; questions concerning the reducibility of common goods to individual goods; issues concerning realism and the common good; theological dimensions in relation to other perspectives on common goods; and the implicit concern about the common good in contemporary globalization debates.
The advantages of ultrasound are that it is noninvasive, it does not use ionizing radiation, it eliminates unnecessary enema examinations, it may provide alternative diagnoses, and it may have some predictive value as to the reducibility of the intussusception.
Of the 20 samples, Relative Reducibility (ISO Standard 7215 Test) has been completed on 9 of the samples to date.
110) Leibniz's reducibility thesis amounts to something like the following: semantically, all polyadic or two-place predicates are ultimately reducible to monadic or one-place predicates.
Among the topics are the impact of Russell's pragmatism on him, mutual influences between Ramsey and Wittgenstein, the Ramsey sentence and theoretical content, his contributions to economics, his theory of truth and the origin of the pro-sentential account, his removal of Russell's Axion of Reducibility in light of Hilbert's critique of Russell's logicism, the influence of Peirce on his pragmatism, the prospects for reliabilism, ontology from language, and the notion of arbitrary function.
Images are obtained in the open- and closed-mouth positions to assess the position and reducibility (or recapture) of the articular disk.
Metallurgical tests to be performed by Studien Gesellschaft fur Eisenerz-Aufbereitung ("SGA") in Germany will provide additional guidance as to an expected lump to fines ratio based on reducibility and other characteristics of the hematite, magnetite, mixed hematite/magnetite and specular hematite.
And if logic is identical to empirical psychology, then logic is a posteriori because it is reducible to natural facts about human mental states and physical states; but since reducibility is an a priori logical relation (of logical strong supervenience or identity), then logic is a posteriori only if logic is not a posteriori.
Historic metallurgical test work on Mary River iron ores generally indicate that the hematite is suited as a premium priced lump ore while the lower reducibility of the magnetite makes it a poorer lump ore but an excellent sinter feed.
Holden's book is a model of its kind; it brings to life two controversies that are still with us, albeit in other guises: the limits of reducibility in scientific explanation and the realizability or otherwise of an infinite set of actual individuals.
However, Oddie denies that this supervenience of values on the natural entails their reducibility to natural facts.