a demolition job

demolition job

1. A very critical attack on someone or something, especially through media outlets. The movie critic did a real demolition job on the new film in last week's paper.
2. A resounding, thorough victory over one's opponent. After Ireland's demolition job against Scotland last week, they now stand poised to win the Six Nations Championship.
See also: demolition, job

a demolition job

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON
1. If you do a demolition job on someone or something, you criticize them strongly and effectively. His speech was a sustained demolition job on the prime minister's strategy.
2. If you do a demolition job on an opponent, you defeat them completely. Byram drove home his second goal to make it 3 — 1 and Scott Young completed the demolition job.
See also: demolition, job
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The customer likes to get a report after a demolition job is done that shows 90-plus percent of the building was recycled and kept out of landfills," says Costello.
The estimator/bidder is given the assignment of bidding a demolition job that requires considerable subcontractor work (more than 20 percent of the total cost).