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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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A big communication campaign, including television commercials and advertisements in major newspapers and magazines, wasn't enough to erase from the public mind the picture of a company whose name is henceforth linked to pollution and profit maximization, to the point that it charters ships in pitiful condition with the potential to lay waste to the environment.
We might ask whether judgment ("the LORD is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate," 24:1) is better than despair.
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers,' wrote Wordsworth.
As these millions of migrants cross and recross the United States' southern border, they rapidly lay waste to any notion of "secure borders" in the demographic--and especially the cultural--sense.
It's pretty much like going on stage with one purpose: to lay waste and destroy everything.
HURRICANE Ivan threatened to lay waste to Cuba's tobacco fields last night after ravaging the Cayman Islands.
In foreign policy, we'd ordinarily expect to find GOP hawks standing up for America's interests, while dithering Democrats lay waste their talents with Wilsonian skylarking.
A Birmingham councillor has called for a group of travellers to be evicted before they lay waste to one of the city's showpiece parks.
Before the "follow the money" phrase was ever coined, an earlier pundit by the name of William Wordsworth observed, "Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.
The Giant is threatening to lay waste to Flintshire and Jack has to find the crock of gold.