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lay (something) waste

To destroy or ruin something. The military invaded the small country and laid several towns waste in the process. The fire laid waste an entire block of houses.
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lay waste

To destroy or ruin. The fire laid waste to an entire block of houses. The plundering army assembled and made ready to lay waste.
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lay waste

Ravage, ruin, as in The hurricane laid waste the entire seashore. Originally referring to the devastation caused by attackers, this term has come to be used more generally.
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lay waste

To ravage: Rebel troops laid waste the town.
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You have read in history, Laurence, of whole regions wantonly laid waste," said Grandfather.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.
Which made me think - we still don't have a proper title for the financial hurricane which laid waste to our economy and blew 300,000 of our young people to the four corners of the globe.
To add insult to injury is the wholesale destruction of architectural gems not laid waste by Nazis but by Liverpool councillors of past and present; Liverpool has enough gaping holes and unrepaired buildings to remind us of the past and present wreckers.
MANILA -- Three days after Tropical Storm "Mario" (international name: Fung-Wong) laid waste to Metro Manila and the northern parts of Luzon, more than a hundred thousand people are still displaced across eight regions in the country.
ANSEONG, SOUTH KOREA -- A massive fire has laid waste to a printed circuit board factory here that was building multilayer boards for Samsung's next-generation smartphone.
Returning to flood-ravaged Britain after our welcome break in Barbados, she quite by chance opened the Good Book to Isaiah and read: "See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered.
Manila, Nov16 (BNA) The devastating typhoon Haiyan which laid waste to much of the central Philippines has claimed to-date 3633 victims.
Christians regard the Bible to be the final answer to any topic that it purports to speak explicitly about, so what was God doing while the tornado laid waste the school?
Those Scandinavian pillagers who laid waste to our nation more than a millennium ago would be proud to know that their spirit lives on - in the form of sports marketing men.
The bizarre tale is set after an apocalyptic plague has laid waste most of the planet.
SUPERSTORM Sandy laid waste to the campaign strategies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney with just a week remaining in the race for the White House.
In order to prepare for the role Streep had watched videos of Thatcher, spoke to the former PM's colleagues, and had laid waste to Liverpool.
Summary: Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton both scored hat-tricks as England laid waste to the Romanian line-out, marching to a ten-try rout.
Then vandals struck one moonless night, Laid waste to all he'd done.