lay (something) to waste

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lay (something) to waste

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

 and lay waste to something
Fig. to destroy something; to ruin or mess up something. The invaders laid the village to waste. The kids came in and laid waste to my clean house.
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And where you expect at least a glimpse of the winged killing machines ravaging the world, all we're offered is a montage of newspaper headlines, Time magazine covers and archive footage to explain how the globe was lain to waste. Maybe they ran out of money after bringing movie star McConaughey on board.