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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.
Instead of "regaining control" the narrow victory for Leave voters has handed power to a wealthy illiberal elite intent on completing the Thatcherite revolution that laid waste our former coalfields in the first place.
'India attack' laid waste to my Billion Tree Tsunami project, quips PM Imran
The Camp Fire and another inferno have together laid waste to an area of nearly 400 square miles.
A massive fire laid waste to dozens of boats at a Bali port yesterday as firefighters battled to bring the dramatic blaze under control.
Washington: War, neglect and unplanned urban expansion over the centuries have laid waste to great cultural heritage sites around the world.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.
After the match, two big men emerged and laid waste on the defeated Jason Jordan and Chad Gable before Hall of Fame manager Paul Ellering came out and accompanied the two to the back.
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.
If this actually happens, it could reverse some of the devastation caused by Thatcher's misrule that laid waste to large areas of the North-east.
But Tshering's home village of Sermathang, north of Kathmandu, is one of the rural communities which has been laid waste by the earthquake.
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.