lay waste to (something)

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lay waste to (something)

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

If something lays waste to something, it completely destroys it. The disease itself spread like wildfire, laying waste to whole communities in a matter of days. People's rush to the countryside to escape the civil war has laid waste to most of its forest and grassland.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William Wallace's army rampaged through in 1297 and it is recorded in 1311-1312 that Robert the Bruce "laid waste to Keildir".
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.
IF you missed ITV's Sunday night show in which Michael Ball, Craig David and Pixie Lott laid waste to songs from cartoons, don't watch the repeat.
Kicking off with the skull-crushing Oroborus, Gojira laid waste to the venue with 75 minutes of aural evisceration.
It is by now old news that the Perkins-Dobson-Wildman-Bauer quartet is hysterical, close-minded, and out of touch with all but a vocal minority of religious fundamentalists who think that the ACLU has laid waste to the United States and that everything could be fixed if all gay people turned straight and Christians were just allowed to preach the Gospel in every corner of America's public squares.