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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Golden Horn also won over a mile on his only two-year-old start before laying waste to Europe's finest at three - that's not to say Frankellina will do the same in 2019 but it's not a bad omen, is it?
The business leader observed that gas distribution companies have become white elephants laying waste to the national resources; therefore, the government should consider bifurcating them.
Hot on the heels of laying waste to the Avengers as Thanos in Infinity War, Josh Brolin returns to comic book villain duties as unstoppable time-travelling mutant Cable.
Fearless Wai, Will and Ahu have been trained to search for rodents that are laying waste to wildlife on South Georgia.
Kabul, Ramadan 5, 1438, May 31, 2017, SPA -- The death toll in Kabul's diplomatic enclave tanker bomb explosion Wednesday has reportedly rose to at least 80 people and laying waste to buildings in what officials called Afghanistan's biggest bombing this year.
After laying waste to most of her race track adversaries, Ortega couldn't help but get awestruck by the 23-year-old's most recent accomplishment.
You can be a rock star trashing your hotel room, an office worker laying waste to the stationery cupboard or an OAP making mincemeat of the post office.
On January 2, 1941, Hitler's bombers unleashed their deadly payloads on the city, killing scores of civilians and laying waste to homes and businesses.
The new recordings also revealed that Nixon did not wanted to touch the gay "lifestyle" or voice anything that could be viewed as supportive of homosexuals, who apparently brought down the Greek Empire before laying waste to Rome.
This would have put Teesside on the music map of the UK and was another missed opportunity to actually build something worthwhile instead of laying waste to large areas of Teesside.
Burning the Mosques Bashar Assad is single-handedly destroying history by laying waste to now another ancient mosque in Homs.
She argues that the Union's military strategy of diverting waterways, slaughtering livestock, and otherwise laying waste to the South's agricultural infrastructure, while initially exemplifying control over nature, ultimately steered Americans towards ideas of preservation of wilderness.
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