lay (something) waste

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lay something ˈwaste

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lay ˈwaste to something

(formal) destroy everything, especially in a war: As the army retreated, it laid waste to thousands of acres of farmland.
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lay waste

To ravage: Rebel troops laid waste the town.
See also: lay, waste
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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