reduce (something) to rubble

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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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I scrambled to my feet and was surrounded to my knees in dust, rubble and flames.
The time is nearing when rescuers will be replaced by bulldozers to clear the rubble, but officials insisted it is still a rescue operation.
Cllr Vickers said: "I had a pensioner come to me to ask why he would have to pay if he used a trailer to dispose of bits of rubble from his DIY efforts.
A "significant" new witness told police that digger driver Konstantinos "Dino" Barkas, feared to have killed Ben in a building site accident, took rubble to the dump on the same day or soon after.
Israeli authorities announced the arrest of Wahid Abd Allah Barsh, 38, an engineer at the UN Development Program and claimed in the indictment brought against him that based on a high-level member of Hamas he funneled resources, 300 tons of the destruction rubble left after Israeli aggression on the Strip in 2014, to Hamas.
Borsh was charged in an Israeli court with diverting 300 tonnes of rubble from a UNDP project in the coastal enclave to a Hamas operation to build a jetty for its naval force.
They looked through the rubble they had just lifted and found these two small kittens.
Live TV footage showed the National Youth Service and firefighters removing stones by hand and a crowd cheering as a child was removed from the rubble.
The dogs had to enter the rubble pile willingly and independently of the handler who remained off the pile.
The Water and Sanitation Authority has given July 1 the deadline to the Rawalpindi Development Authority to clear the rubble from the watercourse so that flooding could be avoided during monsoon.
The UNDP stated that it has been removing the debris generated in hard-hit areas across the war-torn coastal enclave and has so forth successfully removed a quarter million tons of rubble from a total of 270 hard-hit locations, including the al-Shajaiya, Gaza city, Rafah and Khan Younes, paving the way for Gaza reconstruction.
Assistant Commissioner Taxila Shahid Imran told that the Army's Tactical Personnel System used a special hydraulic concrete cutter during the rescue operation while rescue workers sifted through the rubble.
Looking proudly across the beach as work continued to remove the last of the rubble, Mr Hadfield said: "It has taken a lot of hard work, battling in all sorts of conditions.
He said the rescue operation would continue until all the rubble was removed.
The media spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, Lieutenant-Colonel Saleh Al-Alayyani said that civil defense teams have managed to get out five bodies for the victims from under the collapsed rubble in the accident that witnessed three wounded.