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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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The industry has committed to reducing energy use by another one per cent each year for the next decade.
In addition, because sound waves have a tendency to bend over and around objects and to spread out with distance, barrier walls are only effective in reducing sound at distances of less than 400 meters from the roadway.
it contributes to a reducing atmosphere in the mold during the metalcasting process, thus creating an oxygen scavenger.
We modeled vaccine efficacy for the 1,000 postexposure vaccines by the magnitude of the vaccine's effect on reducing the rate of latently infected persons' progressing to disease (Figure 1).
Provides a single point of management for replication services, reducing or negating the need for multiple back up/restore tools and licenses
NPSI also suggests purchasing water-saving equipment, reducing the amount of pool water to prevent wasteful splashing, and maintaining your pool often to reduce excess cleaning and backrwashing.
A clinical information system with rules and alerts can reduce redundant tests and support leading practice outcomes in reducing preventable errors.
Using HyperRoll, Global 2000 organizations get more value out of their existing BI investments while immediately reducing hardware, storage and manpower costs.
Temporary regulations (TD 9089) address reducing tax attributes when a consolidated group member realizes discharge of indebtedness (DOI) income on debt that is not an inter-company obligation under Regs.
A third possibility that may reduce the athlete's power after stretching is that it will relax the muscles by reducing the firing patterns of the muscles (R-8).
We have a responsibility to protect that economy while we join other nations in doing our fair share toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy efficient lighting saves on electric bills, helps keep the home cooler by reducing waste heat, and lasts longer.
One initiative naval aviation logistics managers adopted was expanded use of readiness based sparing (RBS) as a method for reducing shipboard spares allowances.
As part of a large-scale study conducted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of programs devoted to reducing police officer stress, researchers interviewed nearly 100 stress-management program directors, law enforcement administrators, mental health providers, union and association officials, officers and their families, and civilians.
And what role could trees play in reducing global warming?